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THE 



Lost Colony. 



BY 



JAMES F. RAYMOND. 



The " Lost Colony " is the strange and interesting story of a tropical island and its 
inhabitants whom the vicissitudes of life have, at different times, brought to that unex- 
pected quarter of the globe. At the same time, all sorts of marvellous adventures on 
land and sea, together with exciting scenes of war times, are mingled in the lives of the 
principal persons, while a thread of romance running through the whole gives it an 
added charm. Family life in the South before the Civil War, with all its characteristics 
faithfully depicted, forms the background for an endless varietj' of character and inci- 
dents. Whoever starts out to follow the fortunes of the Baxter family and the people 
connected therewith will not be satisfied unless he accompanies them to the very end. 



PHILADELPHIA: 

T. B. PETERSON & BROTHERS; 

306 CHESTNUT STREET. 



Copyright, 1891, James F. Raymond. 



CONTENTS. 



Chaptbe. 




Pagb. 


I. 


THE MIDNIGHT AFFRAY 


21 


II. 


OLD MAN CLOE 


23 


III. 


THE HOME OF THOMAS BAXTER. . . . 


25 


IV. 


THE PLANTATION SCHOOLMASTER . . . 


29 


V. 


LETTER OF PRESIDENT LAPHAM . . . . 


43 


VI. 


DUKE STEELE 


48 


VII. 


A SINGULAR DISAPPEARANCE 


55 


VIII. 


CONFERENCE BETWEEN THE LAWYER AND 






SPY 


71 


IX. 


THE CONFERENCE 


74 


X. 


THE GOVERNMENT CLERK 


79 


XI. 


HERMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH . . . 


83 


XII. 


THE prisoner's ESCAPE 


94 


XIII. 


THE PURSUIT 


100 


XIV. 


HERMAN'S FURTHER ADVENTURES . . . 


104 


XV. 


FORTUNES OF DUKE STEELE .... 


106 


XVI. 


THE SCENE CHANGES 


111 


XVII. 


BUILDING THE CRUISER 


117 


XVIII. 


PREPARING FOR SEA 


123 


XIX. 


THE WOUNDED LIEUTENANT .... 


129 


XX. 


JOURNEY TO THE CAPITOL 


133 


XXI. 


ILLNESS OF LIEUTENANT BLANCHARD . 


140 


XXII 


EXPECTED BATTLE 


146 


XXIIl 


THE CONFEDERATE SPY 


153 



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20 CONTENTS. 

XXIV. A SINGULAR CHARACTER 158 

XXV. INTERVIEW BETWEEN NELLY AND HER 

FATHER 170 

XXVI. BURNING OF THE BAXTER MANSION . . 175 

XXVII. BATTLE OF FREDERICKSBURG .... 179 

XXVIII. THE COMBAT 183 

XXIX. THE SEALED DISPATCHES AND THEIR FATE, 189 

XXX. ON THE ISLAND 199 

XXXI. THE CAPTURED MERCHANTMAN .... 217 
XXXII. ENGAGEMENT OF NELLY TO MR. RICHARD- 
SON 222 

XXXIII. CHANCELLORSVILLE 226 

XXXIV. SEIZURE OF NELLY BY GUERILLAS . . 232 
XXXV. BATTLE WITH THE GUERILLAS .... 236 

XXXVI. GENERAL GRANT'S CAMPAIGN .... 245 

XXXVII. AFTER SIX DAYS 250 

XXXVIII. CONSTRUCTION OF A BOAT 256 

XXXIX. FURTHER INVENTIONS 266 

XL. THE EXPEDITION 276 

XLI. THE BLACK EAGLE MEETS HER FATE . . 280 

XLIL EPHRAIM STROUD 285 

XLIII. THE PRISONER, GENERAL STEELE . . . 293 

XLIV. LIEUTENANT BLANCH ARD'S FATE . . . 305 

XLV. THE VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY 309 

XLVI. IN THE PRESENCE OF THE GOVERNOR . 317 

XLVII. THE ABODE OF GAMALIEL" 325 

XLVIII. RETROSPECT 338 

XLIX. REV. JARED SPARK's NARRATIVE . . . 341 

L. THE RESCUE 351 

LI. ISLAND EXPERIENCES CONTINUED . . . 358 

LII. CONTINUATION OF THE NARRATIVE . . 362 

LIII. INVENTIONS OF THE COLONISTS .... 367 

LIV. THE NEW LAWS ENACTED 373 

LV. GENERAL DUKE STEELE AS FOREIGN MIN- 
ISTER 378 

LVI. PREPARING FOR THE VOYAGE .... 382 

LVII. CIVIL WAR INAUGURATED 392 

LVIII. THE FUTURE WELFARE OF THE COLONY, 399 

LIX. TRIAL OF THE BALLOONS 405 



THE LOST COLONY. 



CHAPTER I. 

THE MIDNIGHT AFFRAY. 



IT was not the darkest of nights, yet of a character to 
warrant the perpetration of deeds 'twere not well to 
expose to the full light of day. 

Heavy leaden clouds hang low on tbe horizon, mount- 
ing upward in fleecy vapors, partially veiling the heavens. 
The full moon riding high over all, now and again 
breaks forth, her pale beams illumining objects below, 
casting shadows from densely leafed bush and overhang- 
ing bough, causing all things to take on a weird, grue- 
some aspect. 

Suddenly from out the gloom fall in startling tones 
upon the ear sounds of combat. 

The clash of arms, as blow follows blow, resounds 
throughout the spacious grounds, from the midst of 
which rise the walls of a stately mansion. From its 
open casements emanate strains of soul-stirring melody ; 
light footfalls of chivalry and beauty keeping step to 
march, waltz and quadrille. 

A cry, as of one in mortal agony, a fall, a voice in 
piteous accents calls for help ; then all is still, save the 
tread of many feet hastening down the gravelled walk. 

Officers in full, rich Confederate uniform, enter a vine- 
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22 THE MIDNIGHT AFFRAY. 

clad arbor. Surprise, horror, and indignation are de- 
picted ou their countenances, upon beholding the scene 
brought to view by a light in the hand of a negro serv- 
ant, who affrighted, exclaims : 

" Mars Cyril am dun fo' now, fo' shua." 

A stoutly built, handsome figare stands erect, visage 
calm, yet stern; in his hand a naked blade from which 
trickles, falling to the ground, bright drops of blood, 
while outstretched at his feet, lies a form in the prime 
of youthful manhood, gasping, seemingly unconscious, 
the life-blood slowly oozing from a wound in the side. 
Meanwhile a most beautiful maiden whispers in the ear 
of the victor : 

"Dake, flee, ere it be too late I " 

At this moment, the tall athletic form of Eichard Em- 
berly, colonel of the regiment, appears approaching the 
scene; when taking a hasty glance, he turns, confronting 
the young officer — apparently the aggressor in the en- 
counter whom he questions in a threatening manner : 

" Lieutenant Steele, why have you committed this rash 
act? Is it not enough that we are so soon to enter the 
arena of strife, aye, the field of honorable warfare, that 
the officers of my regiment cannot stay their hand until 
such time as they are called upon to shed their blood in 
a noble and worthy cause ? " 

Colonel Emberly then ordered Corporal Osgood to 
take Lieutenant Steele in charge, and to keep him se- 
curely guarded until such time as he might have a hear- 
ing. 

" When," said the colonel, " if innocent, he will at 
at once be set at libertj^; but if proven guilty — as now 
seems to be the case — of slaying in cold blood a brother 
officer his life — so help me God I — shall most certainly 
pay the forfeit." 

" Colonel Emberly," returned the accused lieutenant, " I 
am wholly innocent of any wrong doing in this affair, for 
the man lying at my feet, not only insulted this lady, 
but in a cowardly, unprovoked manner, attacked me. I 



THE MIDNIGHT AFFRAY. 23 

defended myself with the result, as you see, before 
you." 

The commanding officer, without further parley, gave 
orders that the wounded lieutenant be conveyed to his 
home, there to be taken in charge by the regimental 
surgeon, requesting also that every effort be made look- 
■ing to his present comfort, and ultimate recovery; then 
bidding the host and attendants "Good-night," repaired 
to his quarters, there to make necessary arrangements for 
leaving with his regiment on the following day for the 
seat of war in Northern Virginia, where was soon to be 
fought on the plains of Manassas, the first great battle 
in the interests of secession. 



CHAPTER II. 

OLD MAM CLOE. 

"I ri dar, yo' brak rascal, don' yo' slap dat picka- 
I I ninny 'gin. Didn't I tol' yar. Nevah do dat 
no mo' yo' young imp o' Satan's. Dar now, let go dat 
cat's tail, makin' ob him yowl like er hull pack o' cata- 
mounts! Dar yo' go 'gin a stanuin' on yo' head, ez tho* 
yo' feet ain't big nuff to hoi' yar up, en massy knos de 
good Lawd didn't scrimp de pattern. Now git rite outen 
dat mud puddel, yo' clean clos all spattered, case I tol' 
yer, yo' don't habe yosel', I pull yo' years, dar now," 
giving the left ear of the j^oung darkey a vigorous twist. 
" Don' yo' see dem pigs in de cawn ? Ole marse be a 
comin' home de fuss ting yer kno an' he'll take ebery 
bit ob de brak hide off yo' back ef he cotch de pigs a 
eatin' ob his cawn. Run now, an driv em out, an den 
go to de barn en git som eggs, fo' Marse Tom'll be mon- 
stous hungry, en he'll want his pom an doger doins." 

Eph, a colored lad some ten years of age, at once 
started for the pigs; when shortly thereafter they were 



24 OLD MAM CLOE, 

safely housed in the sty, then wended his way to the 
poultry house, mumbling the while : " 01' Mam Cloe don 
be alwas a figetin' dis yer darkey. I'se tell Marse Tom, 
en he'll fix her, for ole Massa'll nevah see dis yere chile 
'bused, dat he won't, fo' shua." 

Shortly before reaching the poultry house, he hears a 
tremendous cackling under the barn ; so crawling therein, 
meanwhile slowly making his vvay along, the space 
being narrow and confined, his eyes soon rested on a hen 
sitting quietly on her nest. 

Still pushing on, until within his reach, at the same 
time wondering the hen showed so little signs of 
fright, he grasps her by the tail feathers, pulling 
her from off the nest ; still at a loss to understand why 
the hen does not seek to escape, rather sitting com- 
placently by, evidently waiting for him to retire that she 
may again resume her accustomed place. 

Epb is not a remarkably bright boy, his perceptive 
faculties either lacking from nature, or proper cultiva- 
tion, else he would at once have recognized the fact, that 
this was a " settin' " hen. 

However, the nest being full of eggs, and thinking — 
Columbus like — he had made a grand discovery, also that 
Mam Cloe would be delighted when bringing her so 
many eggs, warm ones too, he removed them from the 
nest, carefully placing them in his dilapidated straw hat, 
backed out from the constrained position, and then started 
on a run to the house. 

"Oh, Mam Cloe I" he exclaims, " I'se don' got de 
biggest lot ob eggs, yo' ebba sot yo' eyes on, an' all 
warn an shinin', too." 

Yet consequent upon the excitement attending the 
"grand discovery," coupled with the haste in striving to 
reach "Ole Mammy" in the shortest possible space of 
time, his foot came in contact with the projecting root 
of a decayed tree, causing several of his precious load of 
eggs to take a flying leap, by which a number were 
broken, when to his consternation a half-grown chicken 
appeared from each. 



OLD MAM CLOE. 25 

"Oh, Mam Cloe," was Eph's exclamation, "ef dem 
eggs don' hab got chickens in 'em ! " 

Then he edged away in anticipation of a black claw 
again reaching out " fo' his year." 

" Yo' brak nigga," shouted the enraged Mam Cloe, 
" I'se don' good min' to stuff ebry one ob dem eggs down 
yo' throat, chickens an' all. Yo's nuff to craze enny 
sane nigga, yo' is ! Take 'em rite back to de nest, an' 
see yo' don' brake no mo' ob dem, an' den go an' fine 
som wha' no don' been sot on, an' be quick 'bout it, 
too." 

Eph, who seemed quite dazed at this untoward state 
of affairs, again went to the barn, crawling under as be- 
fore, finding the hen sitting on her nest, presenting a dis- 
consolate appearance, doubtless wondering what had be- 
come of her embryo family. Again placing the eggs in 
their former position, he beat a hasty retreat, going in 
search of eggs, " wha' don' hain't got chickens in dem." 



CHAPTER III. 

THE HOME OF THOMAS BAXTER. ' 

THOMAS BAXTER, the proprietor of the extensive 
plantation whereat has occurred the before men- 
tioned scene, also the owner of a large number of slaves, 
was momentarily expected, having been absent since the 
early morning ; leaving home at that time for the neigh- 
boring village of Oxford, for the purpose of transacting 
business pertaining to the office of justice of the peace, in 
which capacity he had officiated for a number of years. 

Mr. Baxter was a man of large means, the owner of a 
magnificent estate situated on the south bank and near 
to the mouth of the Rappahannock River, overlooking 
the Chesapeake Bay, the broad Atlantic in the far dis- 
tance. This estate, embracing within its limits several 



26 OLD MAM CLOE. 

thousand acres, was justly considered one of the finest in 
the old commonwealth. Wooded heights, charming, 
picturesque, highly cultivated valleys, and extensive 
forests, together formed a scene of rare and romantic 
beauty, Streams of the purest water, rising and flowing 
from out the montainous range of hills, — wherein the red 
fin and trout were wont to find a home, — wended their 
way with many twistinga andcurvings to the broad river 
below. 

Thomas Baxter was the descendant of a distinguished 
old Virginia family, his ancestors having been among the 
original aristocratic English noblemen's sons emigrating 
from their ancestral halls in the early days of American 
settlement. 

His grandfather, Ephraim Baxter, asoldier of the Revo- 
lutionary army, was a man, who warmlj' espousing the 
cause of the then struggling colonies, had fought his way 
to a most honorable and commanding position under the 
lead of Washington ; retiring to his estates at the close 
of a long and arduous warfare, terminating in the com- 
plete emancipation of the colonies from British rule. 

These estates, managed with rare skill, combined with 
the untiring energy of his ancestors, had formed the nu- 
cleus of an immense fortune which was left to Henry, 
the lather of Thomas Baxter, who. afterward bequeathed 
them to his only son and heir, whom we now find the 
sole and independent proprietor, under whose intelligent 
supervision and judicious management, they were con- 
stantly increasing in value. 

Thomas Baxter was at this time a man some sixty- 
five years of age. In person of lofty stature, elegant 
figure, sound constitution, having during his whole life 
scarcely known a day's illness, he seemed destined to a 
long life. 

His wife Helen, to whom he had been strongly at- 
tached, had been dead some ten years; yet such was his 
romantic affection for her memory, that he could never 
bring his mind to the thought of wedding another; 



THE HOME OF THOMAS BAXTER. 27 

rather seeking to devote the remainder of his life to the 
care and attention of his two children, a daughter of 
eighteen and a son aged twenty. 

Mr. Baxter was a highlj'- educated man, of unbounded 
generosity and the highest integrit3^ Thus from having 
been a kind and generous husband, we now find him an 
indulgent father. 

He was at this time a member of the Virginia Legisla- 
ture, and a prominent candidate for governor of the State 
at the coming election which was not far distant ; though 
it might well be said he cared little for the emoluments 
of office, rather accepting public trust as a means where- 
by to benefit his people and State. 

In character proud, though not haughty, firm, but 
never obstinate, charitable whenever the object presented 
was deemed worthy of his benefactions, filling every 
position in life, whether of a public or private nature, 
with honor to himself, credit and dignity to the State, 
he was ever regarded by his friends and neighbors as one 
to whom all could look as a wise counselor and safe 
guide in the general affairs of life. 

In the management of his vast estates, he was careful 
and prudent. Naturally of a kindly disposition, his serv- 
ants were regarded as members of his family, rather 
than servitors, whose love and veneration for their master 
was something phenomenal, they alwaj^s calling him 
"Massa Tom," and " Massa Tom" was to them the per- 
sonification of all that was good, great and kind. 

Among so many colored people it would be strange 
were there not some discordant elements; but where one 
was inclined to disobedience, should punishment follow, 
it was rather as a means of discipline than in anger. 

" Old Mam Cloe," a negress some sixty years of age, 
born, reared and having always lived on the plantation, had 
nursed Thomas Baxter's tw^o children, to whom she was 
naturally warmly attached, and by whom she was always 
called " Mammy." Hence, her master would almost rather 
have parted with half his slaves than with " Old Mam 



28 THE HOME OF THOMAS BAXTER. 

Cloe," who was really tlie head of the household, and 
whom the servants were taught most implicitly to obey. 
Thus her rule with the negroes was absolute, and woe to 
the darkey who transgressed or went contrary to her 
wishes in anything pertaining to, or coming under her 
control. In fact, " Mam Cloe " was the head of the 
negro community. 

Mr. Baxter, though not one who would be called a 
churchman, in the strict sense of the word, was a believer 
in the most essential points of theology ; wherefore he 
deemed it wise that his people should have the advant- 
ages of religious teachings, in so far at least as regarded 
their every-day welfare — compatible with their station 
in life and his own interest — though these as a rule 
were held subordinate to the true interests and spiritual 
welfare of his subjects. So it would seem most natural 
— as was really the case — that an old negro, Hector, who 
believed most implicitly in the Bible, should officiate at 
services held each Sunday in a littlechapel, built for this 
purpose, at some distance from the plantation mansion. 

The slave holding policy of those times was to keep 
the colored people in a state of dense ignorance, well 
knowing that an educated slave would naturally possess 
a desire for freedom ; and when such desire became a set- 
tled conviction, no person would be capable of restrain- 
ing him from its exercise. 

The policy of Thomas Baxter was of a character 
directly opposite. Therefore it was his one great desire 
that the children born on the plantation should possess at 
least the rudiments of a common -school education. 

To this end, he had established a school carried on in 
the little plantation chapel, to which not only the chil- 
dren of his own, but also those of the neighboring plan- 
tations should have free access. 



THE PLANTATION SCHOOLMASTBB. 29 

CHAPTER IV. 

THE PLANTATION SCHOOLMASTER, 

SOME weeks previous, a well-appearing young man, 
calling himself Cyrus Jones, had presented him- 
self at the Baxter mansion. Knocking at the front door, 
he was met by a young colored girl, who upon request, 
notified the proprietor in the words : 

" Massa Tom, dar am a gemman at de doah, who wants 
to see yo', sah, on 'ticular business, so he say, sah." 

" Very well, Sally. Invite the gentleman to a seat in 
the parlor, where I will presently meet him." 

Then giving his white locks an extra touch, smooth- 
ing his shirt front, and in other ways making himself 
presentable, (for Mr. Baxter was uncommonly particular 
in regard to his personal appearance), he proceeded to 
the apartment where Cyrus Jones was awaiting him, 
who at once introduced himself in his assumed char- 
acter, the object of which we shall ere long under- 
stand. 

The preliminaries gone through, the state of the 
weather, prospect of the growing crops and the like, 
the stranger proceeded without delay or hesitation to 
state the nature of his business, at the same time remark- 
ing he feared he was trenching on the gentleman's time 
but, upon being assured to the contrary, commenced by 
saying: 

" Sir, having left my old home in the State of Connec- 
ticut, a State, I may say, in which I was born, reared and 
educated, I at length find myself within the borders of 
Virginia, the " Old Dominion," spoken of in history as 
the "Mother of Statesmen," as also the original home 
of the "Father of his Country," the immortal George 
Washington." 



80 THE PLANTATION SCHOOLMASTIR. 

In the delivery of this speech, the young man evi- 
dently understood whom he was addressing. 

" As a profession," he continued, " partly from love of 
the vocation, yet mainly from necessity, I have chosen 
that of school-teacher — or pedagogue, as we say down 
East — and when arriving last evening at the neighbor- 
ing village of Oxford, I was there informed you were 
looking for a teacher to take charge of your plantation 
school. Am I correctly informed? Yes? Well, then, 
such being the case, I take the liberty of applying for 
the situation, stating at the same time, though poor in 
this world's goods, I am fairly educated. My father, at 
one time a prosperous manufacturer on the Connecticut 
Kiver, desiring his children to possess at least a good 
business education, thus qualifying them for the more 
active duties of life, gave us all the necessary advant- 
ages requisite to that end. Through business reverses 
my father was bereft of his fortune, thus throwing his 
family on their own resources ; which so preyed on his 
mind, that he sank under the blow, departing this life, 
doubtless for a better one, some months since. 

" Now, sir, I have in a brief way told you the story 
of my life, and will only further add that as to my wages, 
whatever sum you may see fit to name will be entirely 
satisfactory to myself; as while desirous of securing a 
home, my greatest wish is that I may be enabled to pur- 
sue my studies in the leisure hours and odd moments 
compatible with my school duties." 

As before stated, Mr. Baxter was a man of great kind- 
ness of heart, coupled with a desire to be of service and 
usefulness to the unfortunate, deserving, struggling ones, 
who were desirous of bettering or otherwise improving 
their condition. It may also be noted that he was of an 
unsuspecting disposition, seldom looking beneath the 
surface in his intercourse with his fellow-men, judging 
the character of others by his own. 

At once won by the seeming frankness, genteel bear- 
ing and cultured language of the young man, he be- 
lieved it unnecessary to inquire further as to his antece- 



THE PLANTATION SCHOOLMASTER. 81 

dents, rather taking for granted the statements made; 
though could he have fathomed this man's heart, wit- 
nessing the shameful deceit, treachery and fraud being 
practiced upon his unsuspecting nature, he would sooner 
have taken a wolf into his fold than have exposed his 
flock to this treacherous, though outwardly seemingly 
honest, character. However, without hesitation or 
further thought, Mr. Baxter replied to the fair but 
wholly false account of the candidate for his favor as 
follows : 

" My young friend, it is my usual custom, when taking 
into my employ those of whom I have no previous 
knowledge, to make inquiries as to their personal char- 
acter, habits, and general fitness for the position sought, 
thus assuring myself of their honesty of purpose, moral 
worth and integrity'. " 

It will undoubtedly have been noticed that both Mr. 
Baxter and the candidate for school honors were exceed- 
ingly verbose in their use of language, the one perhaps 
from habit, the other for effect. 

Continuing, Mr. Baxter said: 

" Still, as 3^ou have with so much candor and frank- 
ness stated your position, coupled with an evident desire 
of further improving your mind by study, thus acquir- 
ing that degree of learning necessary to your successful 
advancement in life, using all laudable means to that 
end, I will deem it a privilege to make an exception in 
your favor, esteeming it an honor even to assist you as 
far as may lie within my power. You may then con- 
sider yourself under engagement for the position, which 
while granting, I would take occasion to remark that it 
may seem strange, perhaps out of place, that I, a slave- 
holder, should take what might be deemed such an un- 
usual interest in my colored people, as to afford them the 
opportunity of enjoying the blessings of an education, 
limited however as it must necessarily be. But I recog- 
nize my servants as a part of my family, and believe 
that while generously feeding and clothing them, my 
duty is only in part fulfilled, 



S2 THE PLANTATION SCHOOLMASTER. 

" Educated in a New England institution, there pur- 
suing a two years' course of study, I learned many les- 
sons which have had an important bearing upon my 
subsequent life. I beheld free institutions, both pub- 
lic and private, social and political, free thought, free 
labor, and altogether a most happy and prosperous 
people. 

"Later, when completing my education in foreign 
lands, I was forcibly impressed by the attitude taken by 
the wisest, best, most thoughtful and well-informed peo- 
ple of those lands on the question of American slave 
labor. A nation whose every thought, whose noblest 
institutions, both public and private, are reared, fostered 
and upheld in the name of freedom, yet whose Constitu- 
tion guarantees the forced enslavement of no less than 
one-sixth of its people ! The institution of slavery I am 
thoroughly convinced has ever been a bar detrimental to 
the material interests and social progress of the Southern 
States, and why this relic of barbarism should be further 
tolerated in this ninteenth century, — a century of prog- 
ress and enlightenment in every other direction — passes 
my comprehension. Yet I firmly believe its extermina- 
tion from the otherwise free soil of the North American 
Continent but a question of time, and that not far dis- 
tant. 

" My friend, in thus giving free rein to these thoughts 
in the presence of a man hailing from a New England 
State, who undoubtedly entertains prejudices incidental 
to such residence, I am fully aware that were you to 
take advantage of this confidence, it might work greatly 
to my disadvantage. You will therefore please appre- 
ciate this fact, considering what I have said during this 
interview as confidential, letting it go no further, with 
the mutual understanding that I shall at all times hold 
myself in readiness to respond to any future call you 
may see fit to make upon me tending to the advance- 
ment of your cherised desires. 

" You will have a room set apart for your exclusive 
use at the house of my overseer, where every necessary 



THE PLANTATION SCHOOLMASTER. 33 

comfort looking to your happinee-s will be provided. As 
regards the school, you are at liberty to commence oper- 
ations at your own convenience. A servant will now 
show you to your room, and any luggage you may have 
at the village will be brought and placed in your 
quarters." 

Assuring his generous patron the hand satchel at his 
side comprised his entire possessions in that line, a negro 
was summoned, who at once attended him to his new 
and commodious quarters at the house of Stephen Bryce, 
the overseer. 

Reaching the room assigned him, Cyrus Jones opened 
his traveling bag, taking therefrom paper, pen and 
ink. 

Let us now come to an understanding relative to the 
character and design of this man, thereby arriving at a 
full knowledge as to who he is and why he should 
select the occupation of a Virginia plantation school- 
teacher. 

As we have seen, he had given satisfactory reasons for 
calling upon Mr. Baxter, as also for taking the position 
sought ; his employer placing the utmost reliance upon 
his statement — a most unwise thing to do as we shall 
soon learn, for the reason that his name was not Cyrus 
Jones, neither was he, as represented, a poor man, nor 
did he hail from the State of Connecticut; in fact, 
he had never approached nearer that New England 
commonwealth than where he stood at the present 
time. 

In order to more fully understand the position of the 
so-called Cyrus Jones, it will be necessary to call atten- 
tion to the fact that the leaders in the Secession move- 
ment had been for a considerable period of time prepar- 
ing for the promulgation of an ordinance to that end. 
Through their representatives in the National Congress, 
they were also secretly supplying the Southern arsenals 
with munitions of war, strengthening and fully garrison- 
ing the forts, and meanwhile the naval armament was 
receiving like attention. Vessels of war were being 
2 



84 THE PLANTATION SCHOOLMASTER 

rendezvoused at accessible points and convenient stations, 
and all tliis was being done under guise of carrying out 
instructions from tlie General Government. 

While these measures were being inaugurated, yet 
before any steps were taken thereby tending to place their 
true position before the public — at least in a warlike 
attitude — the directory at Montgomery, originally the 
seat of the Confederate Government, had concocted a 
most thorough and systematic meihod of espionage, now 
in operation not only throughout the border, but also 
many of the States further north. To this end, spies, 
termed by the movers of the aflair " political agents," 
were sent to the principal towns and cities, for the pur- 
pose of acquiring information regarding the temper of 
the people as to the scheme of Secession. These agents, 
as a rule, were selected from among the more wealthy 
and influential families of the South, whose social 
standing being of a high order, would naturally tend to 
place them in positions whereby to secure the desired 
information. Thus, as in the case of Cyrus Jones, some 
obtained situations as pedagogues, others professorships 
in colleges, while many entered the higher institutions 
of learning as students. 

Again, as many of the wealthy planters of Virginia 
were suspected of entertaining Abolition sentiments, 
special care was observed in securing young men of 
talent, education, good address, shrewd intellect, men 
well fitted to carry out with the less suspicion the de- 
sires and instructions of their employers. 

Such a character was this man Cyrus Jones. Bold, 
unscrupulous, intriguing, the son of a wealthy and dis- 
tinguished lawyer of Montgomery, he was eminently 
fitted in every emergency to fulfill the duties imposed 
upon him. Thoroughly ingratiating himself into the 
confidence of his unsuspecting victim, at the same time 
able to accomplish so much at the outset, his real char- 
acter wholl}'- unsuspected, he immediately dispatched the 
following communication to his employers at Mont- 
gomery, 



the plantation schoolmaster. 85 

" Baxter's, Oxford, Middlesex Co., Va. 
" To the Hon. John B. WilUns : 

" Dear Sir : — I hasten to inform you of the fact that 
I have secured a much desired situation with the Hon. 
Thomas Baxter, a gentleman of reputed wealth, immense 
influence, and the owner of large estates in this vicinity. 

" After a lengthy and confidential interview, I have 
succeeded in obtaining the information so essential to the 
welfare of our cause in this section of the State. 

" I find the gentleman loud and outspoken in condem- 
nation of slavery, also bold in the utterance of Abolition 
sentiments, though he is the owner of a large number of 
slaves. 

" Had he previously been made aware of my mission, 
he would have hardly dared to come out so openly in 
avowal of those sentiments, nor made me his confidant ; 
neither can I yet conceive how he should have been so 
readily imposed upon, and can only account for it on 
the ground that the people of this section have little 
idea as to what is being done in the interests of Seces- 
sion by the Southern leaders. 

'•Many others of the wealthy owners.of slaves, and 
proprietors of the more extensive plantations, are evi- 
dently becoming restive under the teachings of Northern 
fanatics, and in a number of instances I have learned 
of secret correspondence entered into and carried on by 
them. 

" It goes without saying that these people must be 
looked after, as their wealth must necessarily be of 
immense service to the Confederacy when the proper 
time arrives for its confiscation. 

" Keeping you well informed as to my future move- 
ments, as also the success attending them, I shall at the 
same time endeavor to be guided by the instructions 
received from you, which I trust you will at all times 
feel free to acquaint me with, and also accord to me 
your unqualified confidence, trusting the same may be 
ever merited. 

" Please direct any communications you may be 



88 THE PLANTATION SCHOOLMASTER. 

pleased to send me in the care of Jonathan Sleeper, one 
of our accredited agents now located at Frederick, 
Maryland, who will forward the same to me under the 
name of Cyrus Jones. 

" Kespectfully, 

"William H. Bannister." 

Immediately upon receiving this letter, the Hon. John 
Ro Wilkins placed it in the hands of the directory, who 
at once entered on the proscribed list the name of the 
Hon. Thomas Baxter, to be dealt with in a summary man- 
ner when the proper time should arrive. Thus, while 
regretting the disaffection of so many prominent and 
influential Southern planters, the Confederacy were com- 
forted by the reflection that their great wealth would in 
large measure compensate for the loss of their personal 
influence in the coming struggle, by adding enormously 
to the Confederate exchequer. 

It was now the month of March, 1861. The general 
election held the previous November, had resulted in 
tlie ascendency to power of the newly organized Repub- 
lican party, and the election of Abraham Lincoln to the 
high office of President of the United States. 

The Southern leaders, awaiting with much anxiety 
the outcome of the general election, now came out openly, 
at once organizing a new Government; its chief corner- 
stone, the doctrine of State Rights ; its superstructure, 
the perpetuation of slavery in the older States, its ex- 
tension in the new and at present unoccupied Territories. 

Recurring to the home and family of Thomas Baxter, 
whom we left waiting his return from the neighboring 
village of Oxford, where he had been spending the day 
engaged in legal bnsiness ; the family comprising within 
its happy circle, Herman, the son, and Nelly, the only 
daughter, now a lady of eighteen manifested much impa- 
tience thereat. 

Nelly was at this time in attendance at a young ladies' 
seminary at Richmond, where she had been actively 
engaged in her studies for the past two years, usually 



THE PLANTATION SCHOOLMASTER. 87 

spending the annual summer vacation at her father's 
plantation home. The young maiden was now looking 
hopefally forward to the time, not far distant, when she 
would graduate. She was in every respect a fine girl ; 
in short, a noble specimen of early womanhood, rarely 
seen. In person she was somewhat above the medium 
height ; rather stout of build ; eyes hazel ; hair a rich 
chestnut ; every lineament of her face betokening a 
warm heart, coupled with deep thought. 

Nelly was not a sentimental girl in the usual accepta- 
tion of the word, rather of a practical turn ; fond of fun, 
lively company her delight; and while at all times ready 
to appreciate a joke, never for a moment in doubt or 
hesitation as to an apt repartee. Ever cheerful in man- 
ner, hopeful, of buoyant spirits, this in connection with 
sound health, self-reliance and modesty of demeanor 
combined to make her appearance both attractive and 
pleasing. 

From having been closely confined to her studies and 
school duties since her fifteenth year, she had scarcely 
been brought into contact with the world, or what are 
commonly termed worldly pleasures. Therefore, it will 
be readily seen that to her the father and brother were 
most naturally the two persons of all others around 
whom centered her warmest affections, and by whom 
she was singularly beloved, Not only this, but her 
class and schoolmates shared most truly this love, more 
especially the younger girls, who ever found in her a 
devoted friend in their trials, and a warm champion of 
their rights. Thus if a more than usually hard lesson 
was to be mastered, or a task set difficult for their young 
minds to grasp, Nelly stood ready with a helping hand. 

Her teachers were also fond of the bright winsome 
girl, estimating her character at its true worth ; and they, 
as also nearly all the members of the school, were at this 
time looking forward with heavy and sorrowful hearts 
to the inevitable separation, soon to take place. But 
with all the attractions of this lovely girl, combined 
with unusual kindness of heart and strong desire to be 



38 THE PLANTATION SCHOOLMASTER. 

of service to all with whom she was brought into con- 
tact, she had one bitter enemy, and this in the person of 
a classmate, Carrie Foster, tiie daughter of an eminent 
judge of Montgomery. The two girls, while of nearly 
the same age, were of an entirely different though per- 
haps equally fine appearance. 

While the long, rich, heavy masses of wavy chest- 
nut hair of the one, among which the bright sunlight 
striking, intermingled threads of gold, the other was jet 
black ; and while the eyes of Nelly were bright hazel, 
Carrie's were deep set and dark as night. 

Again, the judge's daughter, while possessing great 
beauty both of form and feature, in disposition was 
directly the opposite. In truth, deep unreasoning jeal- 
ousy seemed a leading trait of her character. Witnessing, 
as she often must, the love and affection, nearly border- 
ing on devotion, so generously lavished on her school 
and classmate, her naturally well-balanced judgment 
was quite too apt to become overpowered by feelings of 
jealousy. Hence she was inclined to make use of every 
means lying within her power 'to overcome the friendly 
understanding existing between Nelly and her school 
companions. Yet while bringing intrigue, treachery and 
deceit to bear, she was quite unable to accomplish her 
evil designs ; in fact, all her efforts were without avail. 

A time was coming, however, and not far distant, 
when an opportunity would occur placing within reach 
a rare means of gratifying her malignant feelings. 

Cyrus Jones, the plantation school-teacher — the wolf 
in disguise — was also acting a part in the drama, tend- 
ing to the downfall of this heretofore happy family. 
Not only this, but also seeking to bring the gray hairs 
of his generous friend and benefactor, Thomas Baxter, 
in " sorrow to the grave." 

During the short time that he had been an honored 
member of the family, he had heard much in praise of 
Nelly. In fact, Mr. Baxter had often taken occasion to 
speak of her in his presence, and always in such highly 
commendatory terms, that, ever on tlie alert, he had 



THE PLAJJTATION SCSOOLMASTEB. 39 

determined — in his own mind at least — that she might be 
used to much advantage in the treacherous and cowardly 
schemes against her father. Yet, he was ill prepared 
for the vision of loveliness which met his gaze, when 
she alighted from the stage upon her arrival at her 
home. 

" Missy Nelly don' com' home ! " was shouted in 
chorus by her black but loving friends, while old Mammy 
declared, " Fore de Lawd, Missy am growd to be nicest 
honey in de hull world." 

Cyrus Jones, returning from the school-house, hav- 
ing finished his duties for the day, now hearing the 
rattling of wheels and the call of the stage driver, 
mingled with the happy cries of the negroes, together 
with the startled exclamation of Mam Cloe, meanwhile 
wondering what had happened to create so great a dis- 
turbance, hastened to the window overlooking the scene 
just in time to perceive the form of Nelly clasped in the 
loving embrace of the old mammy. Her coming was at 
this particular time a surprise to all. The plantation 
schoolmaster, desiring to create a favorable impression on 
the mind of his employer's daughter, especially on this 
his first presentation to one of whom he had heard so 
much, and for whom his expectations were raised to the 
highest pitch, proceeded to arrange a toilet proper for 
the occasion. 

Now be it known, Nelly's brother, Herman, had been 
spending nearly four years at a Northern institution of 
learning in the pursuit of his studies, and from which he 
was soon expecting to graduate, the college commence- 
ment occurring the next month, Herman was a fine, 
manly fellow, possessing many of the noble character- 
istics of his father, with perhaps a lesser degree of confi- 
dence in those with whom he might be brought into 
contact. 

Having welcomed " Missy Nelly " to her home, Mam 
Cloe again commenced fretting about " de cawn pone an 
doger doins, de fried chicken, broiled ham," and other 
luxuries so lavishly furnished and long since prepared in 



40 THE PLANTATION SCHOOLMASTER. 

anticipation of the coming of the master, the usual 
hour for his return having long since passed. 

*' Sumting berry serous must habened to Massa Tom," 
moaned old Mammy, who could conceive no good reason 
why his coming should be so delayed ; and without 
further ado dispatched Epli to the large gateway at the 
entrance to the grounds of the mansion, with the injunc- 
tion, " Dat 'megitly 'pon de 'rival ob ol Massa," he was 
to give them notice by sending forth one of his accustom- 
ed ear-splitting yells. 

During this interval of anxious waiting, old Mammy 
gave her newly arrived friend an account of the coming 
of Cyrus Jones, and his interview with her father term- 
inating in his engagement as teacher. Said Mammy : 

"Massa Jones am a berry fine 'pearing young gemman, 
an' Massa Tom do set great store by him." 

Listening to these high encomiums of the young man, 
especially when proceeding from the lips of her oldest 
and best friend, Nelly, with the natural curiosity of her 
sex, at once became quite eager to see and become 
acquainted with the youthful prodigy, desiring at the same 
time an opportunity of judging for herself in the matter. 

Cyrus Jones in the meantime having completed an 
elaborate toilet, left his room at the house of the overseer. 
Thence repairing to that of his employer, he was met at 
the door by a colored servant whom he desired to acquaint 
Miss Baxter that he would be pleased if she would have 
the kindness to grant him an interview. The request 
conceded, he was shown to the parlor, where he found 
the young lady reclining on a sofa, in the enjoyment of 
a much needed rest from the fatigue incident to the long 
and tiresome ride of the day. 

Whereon he introduced himself under his assumed 
name and character. Nelly, meanwhile rising to her 
feet, offered him a chair, remarking that Mammy Cloe 
had previously informed her of his presence and employ- 
ment at the plantation. Then giving him a rapid, 
searching glance, she mentally made the following com- 
ments : 



THE PLANTATION SCHOOLMASTER. ♦ 41 

"Your name may be Cyrus Jones, you may be a 
native of a New England State, a poor man, a school- 
teacher by profession, and altogether such a personage 
as you purport, but I don't believe one word of the 
yarn. On the contrary, you are in my opinion a pure, 
unadulterated fraud, having some deep ulterior design 
in thus coming to my father's . plantation, introducing 
and engaging yourself under the guise of a school- 
teacher." 

Nelly was undoubtedly a good reader of character, a 
natural trait it would seem, possessing an intuitive knowl- 
edge which seldom led her into error. Therefore it 
will not be deemed strange or out of place that she 
should readily come to an understanding in regard to the 
true character of this man, who being himself no inapt 
reader of the human mind, and noticing and fully ap- 
preciating the look with which he was regarded, came 
at once to the conclusion that here was an enemy against 
whom he must place himself on guard, else soon find 
himself in a most dangerous, if not compromising posi- 
tion. At the same time, struck with the great beauty 
of the maiden, he determined to use every means in his 
power, not only to captivate her feelings, but ultimately 
win her heart and hand, even should he find it necessary 
to abandon the mission entrusted to him in the interest 
of the Confederate Government. "For," he argued, 
" while love for ray country is powerful, the case 
urgent that of my heart may possibly overshadow all else." 

At this moment, the ringing shout of Eph was 
borne to their ears, when all hastened forth to welcome 
him for whose coming they had been so long and im- 
patiently waiting. 

The first glance revealed the master riding at head- 
long speed, the flanks of his steed dripping, foam flying 
from his mouth, while the heavy breathing bore evi- 
dence of the manner in which he had been ridden. Lean- 
ing forward until his breast nearly touched the neck of 
the horse, sat Mr. Baxter, whose pale drawn features 
told of great suffering and mental anguish. 



42 THE PLANTATION SCHOOLMASTER. 

Arriving at tlie open gateway, through which he 
passed scarcely slackening the speed of his horse, he soon 
reached the house, where were standing in breathless 
silence his daughter Nelly, Cyrus Jones, Mam Cloe, 
besides a number of the colored servants. Throwing 
the rein to a servant, Mr. Baxter leaped to the ground, 
noticing no one, not even his daughter ; seemingly wholly 
oblivious to his surroundings, when upon reaching the 
porch he fell unconscious. 

" Papa dear, what is the matter?" exclaimed Nelly, 
kneeling at his side. Then turning to the affrighted 
servants, she cried : " Bring some water, and don't stand 
there moaning and wringing your hands. Don't you see 
your master has fainted ? Hurry up and get the water! 
I'm ashamed of you ! " 

Nelly was a kind, tender-henrted and sympathetic, 
yet withal, a practical girl. When an affair like this 
demanded iinmediate action, she rose to the occasion, 
throwing sentiment to one side, at once becoming the 
stout-hearted, strong, hopeful woman. So instead of 
bewailing and weeping, as many another under like cir- 
cumstances would have done, she remained cool and 
collected, applying the sparkling spring water to his 
face, and bathing his temples, which having the desired 
effect, soon brought him back to life and consciousness. 

Opening his dulled eyes, his astonished gaze fell upon 
the form and features of his darling Nelly, whose appear- 
ance at this time was so wholly unexpected, he could but 
exclaim in joyous tones : 

"My darling daughter, are you here? Do I truly be- 
hold your welcome face, or is it imagination?" Then 
a great wave of sorrow overspreading his features, he 
cried : " Do you — no, you cannot be aware of the 
trouble which has befallen us ! Your brother Herman 
— but read this. It will explain that which I can 
neither find words nor command myself sufficiently to do." 

Taking from an outer pocket a letter, crushed to an 
unseemly mass, he handed it to his daughter; who open- 
ing and smoothing it to a proper shape, read as follows: 



THE PLANTATIO^r SCHOOLMASTER. 43 



CHAPTER Y. 

LETTER OF PRESIDENT LAPHAM. 

rii the Hon. Thomas Baxter. 
i " Dear Sir : — It is with the most painful feel- 
ings I make the attempt to address you, concerning a 
subject which must necessarily wring your heart, caus- 
ing us both the most serious forebodings ; but not to 
keep you in suspense, I will at once come to the point. 

" Your son Herman, for whom it is needless to say I 
entertain the highest regard and esteem as a man, and the 
warmest affection as a pupil, has been arrested, and is at this 
moment an inmate of the County Jail, the charge that of 
murder ; and here permit me to say that were it not for 
your well-known powers of endurance, both physical and 
mental, combined with coolness and courage in times of 
trial and danger, I should hardly feel warranted in thus 
taking upon myself the responsibility of inditing this letter. 

*' The circumstances attending the lad's case are briefly 
these: Some four days since, the room and classmate 
of your son, Duke Steele, who from being a poor, in fact 
almost penniless lad, you have in your characteristic 
kindness of heart raised from a lowly position, taking 
upon yourself the care and burden of giving him the ad- 
vantages accorded your son, thus dispensing the necessary 
outlay incident to a full college course ; also, the exem- 
plary conduct at all times manifest, together with the 
fine natural abilities of this young man, have evidently 
warranted you in taking this step, as also the high es- 
teem in which he has ever been held by his schoolmates 
and preceptors — this young man, your protege, Duke 
Steele, has suddenly and most unaccountably disappeared ; 
and though a most thorough search has been instituted 
nothing has as yet been found leading to his discovery. 



44 LETTEB OF PRESIDENT LAPHAM. 

"Now, Epiiraim Stroud, a fellow-student, comes for- 
ward, testifying that on the evening four days preced- 
ing the date of this letter, while passing through the hall 
on one side of which are situated the rooms occupied by 
both your son and Duke Steele, voices were heard in 
altercation, loud and angry words spoken, followed by a 
blow and heavy fall. At this instant, a female closely 
veiled, probably in disguise, left the room, passing in 
haste through the hall, down the stairs, across the col- 
lege grounds to the street, then disappeared. 

" Upon this seemingly damaging testimony being laid 
before the proper authorities, coupled with the complete 
disappearance of Duke Steele, your son was arrested and 
an examination held ; resulting in his being placed in 
confinement in the County Jail, there to await the action 
of the Grand Jury and the District Court, which con- 
venes in August. 

" It is understood, that owing to the peculiar circum- 
stances of the case, bail will not be admitted. 

" Now, my dear sir, while most implicitly believing 
in the innocence of your son, it will, I am sure, be 
deemed prudent to employ the most eminent legal talent 
in the country for his defence. 

" Trusting I may hear from you soon, and with full 
sympathy in this time of your great and almost over- 
whelming trouble, I remain 

" Yours very truly, 

" Jonathan Lapham, 

» Pres. College." 

When Nelly had finished reading the letter, instead 
of bewailing the hard fate of her brother, thus adding to 
the grief and overburdened mind of her father, who 
seemed so completely broken down by this sudden and 
terrible calamity that his mind had almost deserted him, 
the noble self-possessed girl remarked, in an affectionate 
and singularly cheerful tone : 

" Well, papa, this is certainly a bad state of affairs. 
Still it seems to me the only course to be pursued is to 



LETTER or PRESIDENT LAPHAM. 45 

look this thing squarely in the face, summoning all the 
fortitude and courage at our command, and at once make 
arrangements to go to brother Herman's assistance. It 
may still be possible to obtain consent of the authorities 
to accept bail ; in which event we will bring him home, 
where he can remain at ease until the time set for his 
trial. In the meantime we will leave no stone unturned 
to prove his entire innocence of this vile charge. For, 
papa, I know brother Herman is not guilty of the per- 
petration of such a crime, or of having any knowledge 
even regarding the cause of this most extraordinary accu- 
sation. And again, there is either some grave mistake 
in this matter, or else a mean, contemptible conspiracy 
at the bottom ; and I would not be iu the least surprised 
should we find upon further examination your worthy 
friend and — accomplished scoundrel, I came near saying — 
school-teacher, Cyrus Jones, having a hand in the 
affair." 

The evidentpurpose of the skilled diplomatist in making 
this declaration was if possible to relieve the tortured mind 
of her father ; thus assuming an outward show of cheer- 
fulness she could scarcely feel, as her heart even now 
was filled with the most dreadful forebodings and mis- 
givings. Still she was inclined to the use of every means 
in her power to stem the tide of this untoward chain of 
events, seemingly so nearly ready to envelop the family 
in its toils. Thus through Nelly's energetic treatment 
of the case, Mr. Baxter at once took heart. Embracing 
his brave daughter, giving her the assurance of having 
taken a great weight from his heart, also restoring in 
good measure his usual serenity of mind, at the same 
time he admitted that the startling news coming upon 
him without warning, had nearly overbalanced his rea- 
son. 

" And now, IsTelly," said be, " I will give orders that 
the servants have everything in readiness for an early 
departure in the morning, when we will set out for the 
Bcene of tbe disaster and your brother's relief. Please 
call the coachman, Pomp, and direct him to prepare th© 



46 LETTER OF PRESIDENT LAPHAM. 

family carriage and the spaa of bays, so that we may be 
off in good season." 

So, after an early breakfast on the following morning, 
the carriage was drawn up at the door, when Mr. Baxter 
and his daughter were soon thereafter on the way to the 
railway station, but not before bidding the attached serv- 
ants good-bye, with an admonition to be faithful during 
their absence, which he averred might be somewhat 
prolonged. 

After a weary journey they reached the city of New 
York, whence they traveled by steamer to the town 
where was located the college within whose walls was 
so lately engaged in the pursuit of his cherished studies 
the beloved son and brother, now an alleged felon incar- 
carated in a lonely cell. 

At once repairing to the principal hotel of the town, 
they took a much needed rest and refreshment ; then 
wended their way to the stern and gloomy stone walls, 
where behind the grate-barred window they found the 
young man ; who was not only overjoyed to see them, 
but was bearing up wonderfully under his apparently 
adverse fate. 

A warm and hearty greeting from father and sister 
followed a cordial welcome to his quarters from the 
prisoner, who was forced to admit that his present 
apartments were not quite equal' to those he had so long 
occupied in the college building. 

The young man evidently looked upon the affair in a 
different light from that of his father, his sister, or even 
the president of the college, for he could conceive of no 
good reason why he should have been so summarily 
locked up in prison. However, he admitted to his 
friends that the facts in the case leading to his arrest, 
examination and commitment to the jail, were in the 
main the same as those forwarded by Jonathan Lapham, 
the president of the college, at the same time giving the 
assurance that the grave charge was without the least 
foundation. 

" Which," he continued, "will be shown when I am 



LETTER OF PRESIDENT LAPIIAM. 47 

brouglit before the Grand Jury for examination, possibly 
indictment, for there's not the shadow of doubt but that I 
will be wholly exonerated from blame and reinstated to 
my former position. Why, father," said he, " it's the most 
silly charge and trumped up affair I've ever heard of. 
For right in the face of the fact that no harm has come 
to anyone that I can see — anyhow not so proven — other 
than to myself, and I'm not badly oft' as yet, still I must 
own it's not pleasant to be shut up inside these stone 
walls. Yet the authorities in their superior wisdom 
have seen fit to bring this humiliation upon your only 
son. That Duke Steele is all right I haven't the least 
doubt. Took it into his head doubtless to run off to the 
country for a few daj'-s, or something of that sort. So, 
father, brace up, and don't for goodness' sake, lose an 
hour's sleep on my account." 

Herman's father and sister both remained with him 
for several days, meantime attempting to prevail upon 
the authorities to accept bail, giving every possible 
assurance the prisoner should be on hand promptly at 
the hour set for trial. Yet after repeated efforts, argu- 
ment, entreaty, even the offer of large sums of money 
availing naught, they were at length compelled to aban- 
don hope in this direction. So, bidding the loved one a 
tearful farewell, they departed for their home with heavy 
hearts and anxious thoughts, there to await the day 
when Herman would be placed on trial for his life — a 
life that had ever been one of honor to himself, obedience 
to his father, friendship and good- will to nil. 

Meantime, Cyrus Jones continued on in the even tenor 
of his way, filling the position of plantation schoolmas- 
ter to the entire satisfaction of his employer, also with- 
out suspicion of being other than he seemed. He had 
on a number of occasions made overtures to Nelly, 
which were so unacceptable to the noble, high-spirited 
maiden, that had she given way to her feelings, she 
would without further ado have reproached him to his 
face and condemned him to her father. Yet when taking 
into account the trying position in which the family was 



48 DUKE STEELE. 

placed, and the need of great caution, the indignatiou 
she truly felt was smothered in lier bosom. However, 
when meeting his advances with an outward show of 
acknowledgment, yet inwardly v/ith the scorn they 
merited, she was more than once on the point of telling 
him that her honest belief was that he was none other 
than an infamous scoundrel, a double dyed villain in the 
garb of a saint — in other words, " a wolf in sheep's 
clothing." 

Little did either Mr. Baxter or his daughter under- 
stand the true position of this man, nor that he was in 
regular correspondence with the alleged student, Ephraim 
Stroud, really a Confederate spy, and the classmate of Her- 
man Baxter. It was also this same Ephraim Stroud, in 
female disguise, who, on the evening before mentioned, had 
applied for admission to the room of the students. Also, 
he was both the instigator and author of the foul accusa- 
tion leading to the arrest of Herman Baxter. Not only 
this, but the prime mover in the afl'air, causing the 
mysterious disappearance of Duke Steele, through which 
he hoped to secure Nelly for himself and the Baxter 
estates to the Confederacy. 

It was now the tenth of May. The trial would take 
place the coming August, Nelly's short vacation had 
come to an end, and it was now time for her to return to 
the seminary ; but with characteristic unselfishness, she 
decided to remain at home, and cheer her father in his 
hour of trial. 



CHAPTER VI. 

DUKE STEELE. 



nC^HIS room mate of Herman Baxter, Duke Steele, 

I who had so suddenly and mysteriously, evidently 

without cause, disappeared, was the only son of a poor 

hard-working but worthy widow, whose home was at 



DUKE STEELE, 49 

the little village of Oxford, where the young man was 
from and had always lived. 

Duke was an uncommonly bright boy, at least in com- 
parison with many of his associates, of whom the prin- 
cipal one was his friend Herman. 

Attending the village school, as boys they had been 
intimate, thus growing up together, until at the age of 
sixteen both were fully prepared to enter college ; and 
though one year the younger, Duke had kept even pace 
with his young friend in their preparatory studies. 

Now, while Duke's mother, the Widow Steele, was 
casting about for a situation whereby her son could be 
placed in a position not only to earn his own living, but 
at the same time render that assistance which would be 
naturally due his mother, who was well along in years, 
Herman had said to his father : 

" It is really too bad that Duke can't go with me to 
college, for I shall miss him more than words can tell, 
as we have always been to each other the same as 
brothers. Then, too, he is such a smart boy, and I am 
sure if he had the opportunity afforded him to acquire 
a finished education, he would make a great man." 

Not a thought of jealousy or envy entered the mind 
of this generous, wholesouled lad. Said Mr. Baxter : 

" My boy, do you really feel so much interest in Duke's 
welfare ? I am truly well pleased, as it shows evidence 
of your goodness of heart and generous nature. Yes, I 
think we can manage the affair. Now, my boy, suppose 
I should agree to pay his tuition and all necessary ex- 
penses for a full college course, giving him the same 
advantages as yourself, what would you say? " 

Advancing to his father's side and giving him his 
hand, Herman cried : 

" I would say you were the best father a boy ever 
had ! " 

So it was settled that the widow's son should accom- 
pany Herman when he set out for college. 

The fact becoming known to the villagers that 
Duke Steele was to be the recipient of the bounty of 

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60 DUKE STEELE. 

their wealthy neighbor, Thomas Baxter, it naturally 
excited much comment. In a small community like 
this, each member is usually fully acquainted with 
the affairs of his neighbor, the most insignificant 
events being heralded abroad and talked about as 
affairs of great importance ; so it will not be a matter 
of wonder that an event of this magnitude should be the 
subject of general conversation, or that the parents of 
boys less highly favored should manifest a good deal of 
jealousy, though as a matter of course, not willing to 
acknowledge the fact. Their ill feelings were frequently 
accompanied with remarks, some of a harsh and alto- 
gether unbecoming nature. 

During the four years' course the boys had kept pretty 
even pace in their studies, and as the time drew near for 
their graduation, a separation must inevitably take 
place. They were from this fact drawn more closely 
together, mutually regretting the time when they were 
to step forth into the world, the one for the high station 
now so ably filled by his father, the other compelled to 
make his way by his own unaided efforts. 

They had both grown to be fine young men, and though 
Duke was one year the 3^ounger, yet he was taller, more 
compactly built, perliaps the better looking, and in 
intellect not one whit inferior to his more fortunate com- 
panion. No thought of jealousy ' or sign of ill feeling 
had ever existed in the minds of either. On the con- 
trary, a mutual interest and reign of good-will had at 
all times existed, with no suspicion of intrigue or aught 
unbecoming in their necessarily limited intercourse with 
the young ladies of their acquaintance. 

The time now drawing near when they would gradu- 
ate and receive their diplomas, was as a matter of course 
regarded with some anxiety. 

Sitting in the cozy college room on this bright June 
morning, both seemingly absorbed in deep thought, 
Herman suddenly broke the silence, asking the question : 

'' Duke, what do you propose doing with yourself 
when we get through with our school ? " 



DUKE STEELE. 51 

" Well, old fellow, I've studied that problem by day, 
and dreamed of it bj night, and I am fain to confess it 
seems to me the most important period of one's whole 
life. Still, I've come pretty nearly to the conclusion to 
study law, and I think I will call on Attorney Stubbs 
as soon as may be after reaching home. I will offer 
myself as a pupil, and if successful in my application, 
I can earn something by copying for the of&ce and 
maybe writing articles for the local papers, thus earning 
enough to pay my way until 1 am fitted for practice. 
As you well know, I am a poor boy, wholly dependent 
thus far on the generosity of your father for my support, 
and also the necessary outlay attending the college 
course. In addition to this, he has most generously 
supplied me with sufficient funds to enable me to make 
a creditable showing with my associates, at the same time 
furnishing my mother with all things tending to her 
support, happiness and comfort. Your father's liberality 
has enabled me to save up a few hundred dollars, which, 
for safe keeping, I have deposited in a bank in this city. 
This sum, though comparatively small, will suffice to 
help me along until I get a start in life, as I intend here- 
after to rely wholly upon my own intellectual resources. 
But, my friend, this is wholly foreign to the subject I 
had in mind, and which I am anxious to speak to you 
about — but, hang it! I don't know how to get at it." 

" Why Duke, old fellow, you need have no hesitation 
or fear of telling me, * your brother,' whatever you may 
have on your mind, providing it's nothing particularly 
bad — some heinous crime, eh ? You're surely not going 
to commit murder, or anything of that sort? Thus far 
we have had no unshared secrets. Why should we 
now ? " 

" That's quite true," said Duke, " but never an affair 
of equal importance, to myself at least, has been presented 
for our mutual consideration. In fact, I may truly 
say this is the one great concern of my life, and upon its 
successful issue may depend my whole future. To be 
your brother, not only in name, but also in fact, is the 



52 DUKE STEELE. 

one thing above all others I most desire. In short, 
Herman Baxter, I love — your sister 1 " 

Upon the conclusion of this startling announcement, 
the face of Duke became all aglow with excitement, his 
eyes flashing, when turning his gaze upon his friend to 
note how the young student was receiving this all-im- 
portant secret, he was quite bewildered to observe 
Herman quietly smoking his cigar, in no wise differ- 
ent from his usual calm equipoise, a smile of content- 
ment overspreading his handsome countenance, evidently 
waiting till his companion should have concluded the 
terrible confession. Duke continued: 

" You are doubtless aware of the fact that Nelly 
and I have long known each other, in fact, have been 
close friends and playmates since our earliest child 
hood ? " 

" Ya'as, quite a long time, no doubt. About eighteen 
years, at a rough guess," said the young tormentor. 

" Please, Herman, don't interrupt me ! " 

"Well, go on. What about Nelly, whom you have 
known so long? " 

" You won't be angry, old boy ? " pleaded Duke. 

" Well, that depends. If you mean to tell me Nelly 
isn't good, nor handsome, that she's cross-eyed, squints, 
has red hair and a temper, that in short, you '' 

" Herman, my friend, why will you tantalize me in 
this way, when you know as well as I, that she is the 
best, most beautiful, bravest " 

"Well, Duke, what else?" 

" Nothing, only I want her for my wife." 

" The deuce you do ! I believe you said as much 
before ; anyhow, you so hinted. You love her, eh, and 
want her for your wife ? Well, 'pon my word, I can't find 
it in my heart to blame you, old fellow. But what 
about Nelly? Let us come to a fair understanding in the 
matter. Does she hate you ? Is that what you mean to 
tell me, and want a little assistance from her brother by 
way of adjusting affairs, making things run a little 
more smoothly, eh ? " 



DUKE STEELE. 53 

" No, Herman, that is not it, for I do believe she has 
given me good reason to think my love is returned," 

" Ya'as ? Go ahead. Make ' an open confesson,' 'tis 
' good for the soul,' so said. Do you want to kidnap her, 
elope, or anything of that sort ? " 

" No, my dear friend, I only wanted to say that Nelly 
and I are quite agreed in the matter ; and to come directly 
to the point, we love each other devotedly, but I was 
afraid " 

" Oh ! I see ! You are afraid some other good-looking 
fellow will come along and she may go back on you." 

"No, but I was afraid that taking into consideration 
the difference in our circumstances, she rich — I poor — " 

" Ya'as, that's so. That you would expect her to look 
higher, and all that? Now, look here, Duke, let's fully 
understand one another in a matter so intimately con- 
cerning the welfare of all parties. That you are poor 
in this world's goods I freely admit. That you are rich 
in all that goes to make a thoroughly good fellow, I 
will insist ; and believe me when I say, in all truth and 
candor, that I'd rather own you for a brother-in-law 
than any other man, were he ever so high in station, or 
possessed of the reputed wealth of a Croesus; and with- 
out further ado, here's my hand 'pon it, and my blessing 
to boot." 

Springing to his feet, Duke grasped the hand of his 
friend, tears of joy streaming down his flushed face, and 
he ejaculated in joyous tones : 

" Herman, you have made me the happiest of men ! 
And now that this affair is so happily settled between 
us two, I will write to Nelly at once, telling her that 
her brother " 

"Oh, bother! Say what you please, but mostly of 
yourself — she'll appreciate it all the better." 

Having relieved himself of this most weighty affair, 
he quickly wrote the letter and then set himself vigor- 
ously to work writing his graduating address, to be 
delivered at the coming college commencement, now so 
near at hand ; while his friend, lighting a fresh cigar, 



54 DUKE STEELE. 

strolled down the broad avenue leading to an adjacent for- 
est, enjoying the cool morning breeze and the refreshing 
shade of the magnificent wide-spreading trees, so much 
to be desired on a sultry summer morning. 

Thus the day passed, both fully engaged in tlieir liter- 
ary labors, intermingled with agreeable and pleasant 
conversation, no thought of evil or trouble of any kind 
to mar the cheerful contemplation of the joys in store. 

The shades of evening drew nigh, soon followed by 
the gloom of night. The cool refreshing breeze, so 
acceptable after the oppressive heat of the long day, 
played in at the windows of their college apartment, as 
seated at their respective tables, the lamp's light casting 
a cheerful glow over the scene, the two young men were 
engaged in their studies, when suddenly a double knock 
was heard at the door. Supposing some neighboring 
student or friendly college professor desired admittance 
for a little chat, one of the young men replied to the 
knock by a cheery " Come in," when the door was gen- 
tly opened, followed by the entrance of a closely veiled 
female. 

Both at once arose, greatly wondering at the cause of 
this singular and inopportune appearance of a woman, 
more especially at this late hour. In fact, their aston- 
ishment was unbounded, both indulging in the thought 
that something unusual was about. to happen, 

" Madame," questioned Herman, " madame, who are 
you? What do you wish, and why do you come to our 
room at this hour of the evening? " 

"Sir, to your first question, I will answer, as my 
appearance would seem to indicate, a woman. To the 
second, my reply is, nothing 1 " 

Then turning, and, as seemed, carelessly running 
against the large table of Duke Steele, she overturned 
table, books, writing materials and lamp, precipitating 
all to the floor. 

Fearful of an explosion of the lighted lamp, the atten- 
tion of both the young men being directed to its extinc- 
tion, they could not well follow their strange visitor; 



DUKE STEELE. 55 

from which fact she escaped without question or recog- 
nition. 

" Well," said Duke, " that's a singular affair! I can t 
understand it. She must be a mad woman. The idea 
of a character of that kind visiting our apartment in this 
mysterious manner and at this late hour is quite astound- 
ing. Had we not better follow and question her, and 
find out why she came, or what object she had in view ? " 

*' Oh, no," said his companion. " It's probably some 
freak of the boys, who want to play a trick on us. So 
near the close of the term, they always take more liber- 
ties, you know. Let's pay no further attention to the 
affair." 

So dismissing the subject from their minds, they again 
applied themselves to their tasks. 



CHAPTER VII. 

A SINGULAR DISAPPEARANCE. 

BOTH our young friends were early astir on the fol- 
lowing morning, Duke remarking: 

" I believe I will take a short walk, a little exercise 
will give me an appetite for breakfast." 

They had evidently forgotten the startling episode of 
the previous evening, at least neither had spoken of it. 

Tlie world looked uncommonly bright to tbe young 
student, now that his love affair was so fairly prosper- 
ing ; his fruitful imagination picturing in glowing colors, 
as is usual to " love's young dream," his lovely Nelly 
and the happiness in store. His college career so near 
at an end, he looked forward to the time when, having 
finished his legal studies, he would make for himself a 
home, then invite his beloved to share it ; afterward, 
with all the concentrated powers of mind, strive for 
name, fame and fortune. Thus all things were rose-col- 
ored, the future exceedingly bright. _ 



56 A SINGULAR DISAPPEARANCE. 

Yet a storm cloud was even now hovering over liim, 
aoon to burst, overwhelming him in its relentless fury, 
his proud bark overturned by raging tempest and resist- 
less flood. 

The hour for Duke's return having passed, Herman 
waited his appearance until after the customary break- 
fast time; meantime thinking his friend had taken a 
longer stroll than he first anticipated, thus causing the 
delay. However, waiting no longer, he repaired alone 
to the dining hall, partaking of the meal without fur- 
ther thought of the absent. Afterward returning to 
his room, he soon became so thoroughly engrossed in 
study as .to become wholly oblivious to his friend's 
absence, neither remembering nor noticing his being 
away from his accustomed post. Yet when the dinner 
hour arrived and still no sign, he began to feel some 
uneasiness. 

Again evening and night, and no Duke ! What could 
be the meaning of his protracted absence ? 

Thus passed three long days of weary conjecture and 
anxious suspense, no one in the least able to comprehend 
the cause of the student's disappearance, yet scarcely 
daring to admit the thought that anything serious could 
have happened. But when three days had expired, 
bringing no tidings, the college authorities, after consul- 
tation, thought to bestir themselves, believing the affair 
of a more serious nature than at first apprehended. They 
instituted a thorough search, throughout not only the 
extensive grounds of the institution, but the surround- 
ing country as well. Every nook, sequestered corner 
and clump of bushes, each piece of wood, forest, field 
and out of the way place was closely scanned ; still no 
trace of the missing student. 

More than a week elapsed. Letters were sent to his 
home and friends throughout that section, making inqui- 
ries, notices inserted in the local papers, yet nothing 
came of it. As a last resort, a reward of five hundred 
dollars was offered by the town authorities for the dis- 
covery of the body, if dead, or his person, if living. It 



A SINGULAR DISAPPEARANCE. 57 

really seemed that the earth had literally swallowed him 
up within its depths, leaving no trace. 

Up to this period there has been no suspician of in- 
trigue, or anyone having aught to do with this most 
singular and mysterious disappearance — least of all his 
cherished friend and room mate. But now, excitement 
rising to the highest pitch, Ephraim Stroud comes for- 
ward, testifying that on an evening of the previous week, 
when passing the room occupied by the young men, loud 
angry voices were heard, accompanied by a blow and 
heavy fall; at the instant the door opening, a female fig- 
ure, closely veiled, came hastily out and left the build- 
ing. 

Ephraim Stroud made the above statement, accom- 
panied by sworn affidavit. Herman Baxter was imme- 
diately taken into custody and examination held before 
a local magistrate, resulting in his being remanded to 
the County Jail, there to remain until the sitting of the 
District Court. Whereupon, the president of the col- 
lege, Jonathan Lapham, dispatched a letter to the Hon. 
Thomas Baxter, detailing the main facts in the case. 

Ephraim Stroud, the alleged student, was, it will be 
noted, at the same time an agent for the Confederate 
Government. He was one of those young men of the 
South, of good address, highly connected, placed in this 
position for the purpose of spying out certain facts, 
obtainable in no other way, at least with a like degree of 
accuracy, facts of the utmost importance and benefit to 
the cause he was so eminently fitted to represent. 
Through his correspondence with the plantation school- 
teacher, Cyrus Jones, he had become cognizant of many 
facts relating to the history of the Baxter family, also 
of the personal charms of the daughter Nelly. Thor- 
oughly ingratiating himself into the confidence of his 
classmate, Herman Baxter, he had learned through that 
source of the immense wealth of his father, also of his 
Union sentiments, all of the utmost importance to him- 
self, as also greatly to the advantage of the Confederacy. 

Studying the matter over, Stroud resolved, as the first 



6S A SINGULAR DISAPPEARANCE. 

step in the scheme, to dispose of Herman. So, with 
much shrewdness, the plan was concocted arranging for 
the disappearance of Duke Steele ; which feat accom- 
plished, it would be no difficult matter to bring the 
charge of murder against his friend ; who thus disposed 
of, he would at the proper time denounce the father as a 
character antagonistic to the institution of slavery, con- 
sequently an opponent of Secession. Afterward he 
would set about the no less welcome task of securing 
Nelly Baxter for himself, and the wealth of her father to 
the Confederacy. 

Encountering Duke on the morning in question, at the 
same time manifesting much pleasure at the nnexpected 
meeting, especially at the dawn of so beautiful a day, 
Stroud proposed accompanying him in his stroll ; which 
being readily agreed to by his unsuspecting victim, they 
wandered out to the adjacent forest, conversing on agree- 
able topics, mainly concerning the college commencement, 
taking little heed of the distance traversed. When sud- 
denly, seemingly without premeditated thought, Stroud 
halted, turning to his companion with the question: 

" Steele, are you aware that you are placed in a com- 
promising position? " 

"How so?" said Duke. 

" Why, about that female who was seen leaving your 
room last evening. Don't you know that should the 
affair get noised about — as it surely must — thus bringing 
it to the notice of the college authorities, it will cause 
your ruin ? You must certainly be aware that the rules 
of the institution are stringent, oftentimes severe, in 
affairs of this kind. You will be expelled, and all your 
future hopes blasted ; therefore, it behooves you to take 
the advice of a friend. Leave, and do so at once ; in 
which event, no one will be the wiser, neither knowing 
or even suspecting why you have done so or what has 
become of you. Consequently, no proceedings will be 
taken against you. Meantime, the affair will blow over 
— soon be forgotten. Then, after a year or so, you can 
return clean handed and take your former place." 



A SINGULAR DISAPPEARANCE. 59 

Upon this declaration, Duke stood staring blankly 
into the face of his adviser, too much astonished when 
listening to the words — well-meant as he believed — to 
entertain the least suspicion that they were ill-advised, 
or that the future happiness or misery of himself and 
his friend Herman was trembling just now in the balance. 
Therefore, without taking into account the dilemma 
in which Herman would be placed, or the dire results 
attending the strange proceeding, also from the fact of 
being taken so wholly unawares, Duke seemed to have 
become bereft of his usual good sense. So he followed 
the seemingly friendly advice, and without even return- 
ing to consult his room mate, or securing his effects, of 
which he would so greatly stand in need, he hastened to 
the depot to take a train about leaving for Washington. 
Purchasing a ticket, he took his seat in the car, thus 
silently, swiftly disappearing from the college, friends 
and associations. 

Arriving at the National Capital, he found a steamer 
about ready to leave, when he secured passage, thinking 
to go to sea. But meeting on board a young and pleas- 
ant appearing man, with whom he soon formed acquaint- 
ance, the latter in the course of conversation gave him 
to understand a permanent and lucrative situation could 
be procured at one of the Government offices at Mont- 
gomery, Alabama, which city he said was his home. 

The offer striking Duke's fancy, was accepted with 
little hesitation, as it would be the means of furnishiu"- 
him with a livelihood, of which he would soon stand so 
much in need. 

Easy travel soon brought the young men to their des- 
tination, the Confederate Capital, where through the inter- 
est of his doubtless well-meaning friend, Duke obtained 
a situation in one of the Government departments. 

It will without doubt be at once surmised — as was 
really the case — that this young man who took so much 
apparent interest in his newly found acquaintance, was 
none other than one of those secret agents sent out bv 
the Confederate Government, who, comprehending with 



60 A SINGULAR DISAPPEARANCE. 

little troable that Duke could be used to much advant- 
age, in fact might be a notable acquisition to their cause, 
took this method and opportunity of securing bis services. 

But what were Duke Steele's emotions when calmly 
reflecting upon this sudden and unlocked for change in 
his circumstances? His aim duriag the past four years, 
to graduate with honors from one of the highest insti- 
tutions of the land ; a universal favorite, held in 
the most generous esteem by his associates and fellow- 
students ; singularly beloved by his teachers, who were 
fain to recognize in him a coming man of mark; young, 
enthusiastic in his survey of the noblest acts of life ; 
trusting, hoping, and in all ways desirous of leading a 
life of usefulness ; possessing an intense longing for posi- 
tions of honor among his fellow-men ; and — then too — 
his Nelly! Crowning all his misfortunes, this last 
thought came to him with crushing force, when too late 
to recede from his chosen way. 

Having done no wrong, committed no unworthy act, 
fleeing from calumny, contumely, the scorn of his fel- 
lows, cast off, expelled in ignominy from an institution he 
was soon to leave in merited honor, from all these imag- 
inings he had fled — and for what ? 

Duke Steele was no ordinary character. Lofty in pur- 
pose, high in ambition, knowing he had done no wrong, 
why should he have thus fled ? , A convicted, escaped 
felon could do no more. What excuse could he bring 
for this unseemly conduct ? 

Under the excitement consequent upon the false state- 
ment, followed by the advice of his pretended friend, 
Ephraim Stroud, possessing an unusually sensitive nature, 
he felt he could not brook the evident stain against his 
character and hitherto good name ; aspersions which 
under the specious pleadings of his more worldly wise 
friend, assumed a shape of "hideous mien.*' His repu- 
tation at stake, he had turned his back to the foe ; rather 
than face danger, he had ingloriously fled ! 

A reaction now taking place in his mind, he questioned 
whether he had chosen well in taking this course; but 



A SINGULAR DISAPPEARANCE. 61 

having once taken, he would so abide. As he had fled, 
disappeared, so he would remain. No one should hear 
from liim, no one know his whereabouts ; no, not even 
his best earthly friend — his mother — at least until such 
time as he could return, cleared from every imputation 
of guilt, his good name re-established. 

The war against the Union commenced, thus communi- 
cation was cut oft', he was forced to remain in his here- 
tofore voluntary exile, not long however entirely unknown 
to friends at home. 

A time came when he found himself in a position to 
more than repay the benefits so liberally bestowed upon 
him by his generous friend, Thomas Baxter, thus in the 
end proving what is often considered a hardship a great 
blessing. 



Let us return to Nelly Baxter, who in conversation 
with her father, had declared her determination not to 
leave him. After discussing what had better be done 
for her brother, she said : 

" Papa, I've a secret for you. Distressed as you are 
on brother Herman's account, which as you know I fully 
share, I have cause for anxiety still greater. Papa, 
Duke Steele and I, as children, grew up together, and 
have always, as I believe, been strongly attached to each 
other ; in fact, I cannot remember the time when we 
were other than warm friends, he being at all times my 
favorite playmate. As the years passed, each engaging 
in new and more stirring scenes, that affection did not in 
the least change ; and when, on our last vacation, meet- 
ing as we did daily, Duke told me of his love, which I 
did not refuse, on the contrary accepted, bestowing my 
own in return — subject of course to your approval — we 
mutually agreed to keep it a close secret until our 
school-days were over. A short time since, I received a 
letter from brother Herman, in which he speaks of a 
conversation held with Duke confessing much satisfac- 
tion at the result, also at having Duke for a brother. 



62 A SINGULAR DISAPPEARANCE. 

Now, papa, you see how I am placed, and how much 
greater cause I have for anxiety than you, as I have 
lost both brother and lover; one having totally disap- 
peared, the other the inmate of a felon's cell. Why, 
papa ! What is the matter ? You look frightened I 
Are you ill ? You are fainting 1 Let me get you a glass 
of wine." 

" Never mind, my darling. It is nothing — the heat of 
the room or something of that sort — it will soon pass." 
Then drinking the wine his daughter had brought, he 
spoke : " Nelly, my daughter, I am so sorry for you 1 
I had never dreamed that you had any thought for Duke 
other than as a brother and good true friend. Why 
should I have been so blind ! Nelly, darling, this can 
never be. More than this I cannot now tell yon, but be- 
lieve me, it is as I say. My daughter, I have suffered 
in silence a life-long trouble, one of which you have 
known nothing and of which I hoped to keep you in 
ignorance; and while I am aware it was but natural you 
should entertain for your old playmate a sentiment 
warmer than that of mere friendship, can you, my dar- 
ling bear a great disappointment, one that will doubtless 
cause you much pain? You are brave, my daughter, 
you can with courage submit to that for which there is 
no help, can you not ? Duke is a noble young man, 
one who has a warm place in my affections, second only 
to yourself and your brother. More than this I cannot 
now say ; but the time will come when I can tell you 
all, then you will admit that I am right." 

While Mr. Baxter was giving utterance to these 
unpleasant sentiments, Nelly had stood by his side, calm 
and composed ; but now her frame was shaken by con- 
vulsive sobs, tears filling her eyes, until at length sink- 
ing at her father's feet, the poor girl's emotion seemed 
almost beyond control. However, soon regaining her 
usual collected manner, she looked up to his face, then 
replied to what he had been saying in these words : 

" Papa, what you have said grieves me more than I 
can well express, yet I must believe you. No, I cannot 



A SINGULAR DISAPPEARANCE. 63 

for a momeut doubt your word. I will be brave for your 
sake, even more than for my own; meantime, striving 
to bear up under this severe trial, trusting the time may 
soon come when you will be able to explain to me what 
now seems so dark, in fact incomprehensible. But, papa, 
let's drop these foolish affairs of the heart, and devote 
our whole thought, time and attention to the more im- 
portant ones ; those concerning the welfare of my dear 
brother, now lying in his cheerless prison cell, for all 
others dwindle to insignificance in comparison. It is 
now, as you know, well along in June. Court convenes 
the tenth of August. So suppose we enter into corres- 
pondence with John Richardson, of whom I know none 
more competent. In fact, I think he is considered one of 
the best lawyers in Richmond, or even of the whole State, 
for that matter. Or, papa, would you rather I would 
write him ? " 

" I will leave it all with you, my daughter, who, so 
hopeful, brave and strong, are better fitted to perform a 
service of this nature. Write to him then, stating the 
case as you think best." 

So, notwithstanding this added weight to her grief in 
the loss of a lover and the no less deep anxiety for a dearly 
loved brother, Nelly, gathering pen, ink and paper, 
seated herself at her father's desk and wrote to the law- 
yer. 

Mr. Richardson, as Nelly stated, was a prominent and 
influential lawyer. Born, and having always lived in 
Virginia, he was thus naturally a warm supporter of the 
Southern cause, now being arbitrated by the gage of bat- 
tle. He was at this time in the prime of life, being no 
more than forty years of age, and a bachelor. He was 
not only an able lawyer, but a rich man as well, inherit- 
ing the large estates of his father. Judge Richardson. He 
was a man of distinguished personal appearance, his 
manner pleasing, of a kindly and cheerful disposition. 

As a member of the State Legislature he had been 
brought into intimate association with Thomas Baxter, 
and knew him well ; in fact, the two men had been warm 



64 A SINGULAR DISAPPEARANCE. 

and close friends. Therefore, it will be readily seen that 
no one could have been more surprised than he upon 
the receipt of the letter from his friend's daughter. 

Replying in courteous terms, he gave Miss Baxter to 
understand that he would most cheerfully comply with 
the request, and that they might look for him in the 
course of a couple of days at their home on the Rappa- 
hannock. He therefore began at once to prepare lor tlie 
journey. Summoning his head clerk and business man- 
ager, Henry Dalrymple, he gave him to understand that 
business of a pressing nature called him to a distant part 
of the State, and said : 

" I shall probably be absent for three or four days, 
possibly longer. In the meantime, you will look after 
that matter involving the large interests of our client, 
Mrs. Sharp. Please attend thoroughly to the business, 
looking up all the points at issue, having the case pre- 
pared for trial immediately upon my return. Also, in 
regard to Cyrus Jones, who, you will remember, wrote 
us last week — a plantation school-teacher, I think he 
stated, at the Baxter estate. Examine the point of law 
on which he requested information, mainly concerning 
the duties, both legal and professional, attending accred- 
ited agents of the Confederate Government ; also the 
specific powers conferred upon them as such agents, 
large numbers of whom, as 1 understand, are being sent 
by the authorities to different points in this and other 
border States. 

" By the way, Dalrymple, answer the letter received 
yesterday from Judge Fosfer, Montgomery, Alabama. 
Say to him that matters hereabout are looking well and 
working satisfactorily in the interests of the Confederacy. 
Should any letters arrive during my absence from Mont- 
gomery, requiring immediate attention, you will please 
answer as seems to you best." 

Thus saying, Mr. Richardson left the office for his 
bachelor quarters, to prepare to leave by stage on the 
following morning ; which he did, arriving at his desti- 
nation the evening of the next day. Both Mr. Baxter 



A SINGULAR DISAPPEARANCE. 65 

and his daughter having been apprised of his coming, 
were ready to meet the tired traveler with hearty and 
kindly greetings. 

Shortly afterward he was shown to his room, proceed- 
ing without delay to remove the dust and stains of 
travel, preparatory to a seat at the supper table, to which 
he was soon shown by a colored servant. 

Mr. Richardson was much shocked at Mr. Baxter's 
dejected appearance, though, upon consideration, he felt 
it could scarcely be otherwise, taking into view the cir- 
cumstances under which he was placed regarding the sad 
condition of his son. But how much greater his surprise 
when beholding the daughter, whom he had not before 
met since she was a little girl ! In fact, his admiration 
for the lovely maiden had no bounds ; noticing, as he 
must, that here was no ordinary character, for Nelly 
seemed to have emerged at one bound from a timid 
school-girl to a woman of wisdom and experience. 

The evening meal passed pleasantly, though in the 
case of Mr. Baxter, in comparative silence ; he saying 
little, rather listening to the spirited conversation 
between the noted lawyer and the bright winsome 
hostess, mainly on general topics of the day, nothing 
being said concerning the melancholly aftair which had 
been the cause of the lawyer's taking the long journey. 

However, Mr. Richardson felt amply repaid for the 
trouble in thus becoming acquainted with his fair 
hostess, whose animated and cheerful presence banished 
from his mind, for the time at least, the unwelcome topic 
which he well knew must be taken up for consideration 
on the morrow. 

The hour for retiring having now arrived, Mr. Richard- 
son was shown to his room by a servant. Lying in his 
bed during the long and solitary hours, Mr. Richardson 
could get little rest; and though weary from the tire- 
some day's ride, sleep would not visit him, his thoughts 
constantly tending toward the daughter of his old friend. 

Cupid's drawn bow had sent a winged shaft to his 
heart, piercing it to its very core. He had at last met a 

4 



66 A SINGULAR DISAPPEARANCE. 

fate -wliich overtakes all, sooner or later. The Hon. 
John Richardson, the eminent lawyer, jurist, statesman, 
had fallen irretrievably in love. 

While thus hovering in a state between sleep and 
wakefulness, a muffled rap came to his door; and from 
having neglected the usual precaution of turning the key 
before retiring, the intruder upon his privacy, without 
awaiting a reply to his summons, entered, advancing 
boldly into the room. 

At first supposing it one of the servants dispatched by 
his thoughtful hostess to make inquiry as to his com- 
fort, thinking perhaps a further supply of bedding desir- 
able, as the night was chilly, Mr. Richardson was 
thoroughly astounded at beholding the form and face of 
an entire stranger, who, advancing, placed a finger upon 
his lips, thus signifying silence, then seated himself 
in the nearest chair. 

"Pardon me," said the intruder, "for thus invading 
your premises at this late hour. My only excuse is that 
I wish a few moments' conversation concerning matters 
connected with the Southern Confederacy, of which — as 
I understand — you are a staunch adherent, and in which 
we are equally interested, and about which I wrote you 
a few days since. I will only further add that not wish- 
ing to detain you from your much needed rest, I would 
beg you to name a time in which during your stay we 
can meet privately and unobserved, when I will submit 
subjects and plans for your consideration, having for 
their subject the interest and welfare of the South. 

" In thus intruding myself upon your seclusion, I 
have only to say in apology that my name is Cyrus 
Jones, that I am an accredited agent of the Confederate 
Government, also that my native place and home is the 
city of Montgomery, Alabama. Having many things to 
say regarding the cause so dear to the heart of every 
well-wisher of his country, I, as before stated, would ask 
you to name an hour the most convenient to yourself, 
say to-morrow evening, when I will lay my plans before 
you." 



A SmGULAR DISAPPEARANCE. 67 

Listening to these words and noble sentiments from 
the lips of the gentlemanly and evidently well-informed 
stranger, the lawyer became at once interested, fully 
alive to the situation and the possible importance of the 
desired interview. 

A Southern man by birth, and a respecter of the insti- 
tution of slavery by education, Mr. Kichardsou was also 
an ardent advocate of Secession, a true believer in the 
doctrine of State Rights. 

Here was a man in close connection and intimate cor- 
respondence with the leaders of the newly established 
Government ; also, an authorized agent, a man who 
could give him much useful and desired information 
regarding the hopes, plans, and ultimate aims of the 
Southern leaders. A happy stroke of fortune ; unex- 
pected certainly, but none the less welcome. Said 
Mr. Richardson : 

" I am truly pleased to make your acquaintance, also 
to listen to the loyal words and sentiments so happily 
expressed. I will willingly — I might say, gladly — ac- 
cede to your request, appointing five o'clock to-morrow 
evening to meet at any place you may suggest." 

" Very well, sir. My school-room will undoubtedly 
be as secluded as we could wish ; we will not be likely 
to meet with interruption, and we can thus quietly talk 
over our affairs at our leisure." 

So it was mutually agreed the school-house should be 
the place for a meeting, in which many interests involv- 
ing the welfare of the Baxter family would be discussed. 
So bidding the lawyer good-night, with the hope of his 
enjoying a good night's rest, Cyrus Jones took leave. 

It will scarcely be considered necessary to disguise the 
fact that Mr. Richardson did not as readily fall into the 
trap, so adroitly set by the Confederate spy, as was 
hoped. On the contrary, his eyes opened, he partially 
read the character of this man, then formed his own 
conclusions in the matter, which it may be said did little 
credit to his pretended friend's good judgment. Yet 
upon being left alone, a prey to serious reflection, his 



68 A SINGULAR DISAPPEARANCE. 

mind became engrossed with thouglits of an extremely 
perplexing nature. For here was one of those Confed- 
erate agents in the full confidence of this unsuspecting 
family, plotting their ruin — aye, the ruin of one so dear; 
not only this, but evidently seeking the confiscation of 
his friend's estate, for Mr. Kichardson well understood 
the designs of this despicable class of men. 

Should he lend a helping hand to the consummation of 
this great wrong, act a traitor's part to those who so 
implicitly placed their trust in him, believing him a true 
friend, thus destroying the great interests reposed to his 
care? What course should he pursue, what measure 
take to arrest this dire calamity ? 

'Tis true his heart and every feeling were in unison, his 
every thought enlisted in the cause for which his South- 
ern brethren were waging a bitter and relentless war — 
the overthrow of the Union of States, upbuilding on 
their ruins a structure whose foundation should be the 
perpetuation and extension of slavery. 

" Surely," said he, " I am in a most unhappy plight. 
Loving my country, both readj'^ and willing to make any 
sacrifice in its behalf, at the same time, am I in honor 
bound to sacrifice one of its most lovelj'' daughters? Did 
man ever love his country so well, as to give willing 
consent to lay upon its altars the love of his heart?" 

Such were the troubled reflections of this man of law, 
as he tossed upon his uneasy bed till a late hour, when 
he dropped off to slumber, broken by fantastic and not 
wholly pleasurable dreams. 

Awakened atan early hour by thesummons to breakfast, 
he hurriedly dressed, then proceeded down-stairs and out 
of doors. The morning was unusually fine, the air brac- 
ing. The mists of the night were lazily rising from the 
distant valleys, melting, fleeing from before the beams 
of the well risen sun ; the melodious chirping of 
birds, in unison with the stirring plantation songs of the 
contented negroes, was heard. Yet the heart of this 
man, on whom was centred the hopes and future weal 
of these dear friends, could scarcely be said to beat in 



A SINGULAR DISAPPEARANCE. 69 

unison with the charming scenes surrounding him and 
witnessed on every hand. No, with him all was now 
changed — from a contented, cheerful, happy man, he 
was now the reverse. 

After strolling for some little distance, Mr. Eichardson 
at length bethought himself that breakfast was awaiting 
his presence ; so hastening to retrace his steps, he entered 
the dining-room, and found Nelly busily engaged in 
superintending the meal. Upon his appearance she gave 
him kindly greeting, with the hope that he had enjoyed 
a good night's rest. 

Bustling about, bright, sparkling, no outward signs 
betraying the anxiety of her mind, the young maiden 
presented a picture which set the lawyer's heart beating 
with tumultuous rapture, so that his breakfast seemed in 
a fair way of remaining untouched. However, soon 
recalling his straying faculties to the task in hand, he 
applied himself with so much vigor, that in the end he 
made quite a formidable meal, his walk having conduced 
to a good appetite. The countenance of Mr. Baxter, 
who sat opposite to him at the table, betokened an anx- 
ious, sleepless night. And well might this be the case, 
considering the position in which he was now placed, 
his only son the inmate of a felon's cell, his beloved 
daughter compelled to abjure the love of one held so 
dear, and this too for a cause he could not explain — one 
in fact known only to himself. 

The hour of consultation having arrived, all repaired 
to the library, where they were soon engrossed in the 
subject of such crowning importance, and in which their 
mutual interests were so deeply involved. 

At the request of Mr. Baxter, Nelly stated the case 
in full, placing the papers in her possession in the hands 
of Mr. Richardson ; who, looking them carefully over, 
at length threw them to one side, exclaiming : 

*' My friends, this certainly seems a most complicated, 
not to say an alarming state of affairs ; and I will not 
disguise the fact, that there are some points wearing a 
grave aspect ; for instance, the appearance of the female 



70 A SINGULAR DISAPPEARANCE. 

at the room of the young men at the late hour mentioned, 
and the sudden disappearance of Duke Steele. These 
facts, taken in connection with the sworn statement of a 
fellow student, Ephraim Stroud, an eye witness, or par- 
tially so, to the affair, must weigh most heavily agaiust 
Herman. My friends, I must have time to study the 
case and, if possible, solve the evident mysteries attend- 
ingit. To this end, I will summon to my aid a long known 
and esteemed friend, Samuel Jenkins, a lawyer of well 
established repute, a man of great ability and thorough in- 
tegrity, who stands high in the legal profession. Between 
us, I am positive we will be able to clear up and bring 
to light the deviltry — excuse the undignified expression 
— so plainly revealed. But as a first step, we must dis- 
cover its author ; for that there is some deep-laid plot, 
some treacherous scheme at the bottom, I've not the 
least doubt. Thig scheme it will be my endeavor to 
unearth. So, cheer up, my friends. Don't allow your- 
selves to become in the least disheartened, or give w^ay 
to unfounded fears. Best assured we will do all that 
lies in our power ; and while I neither can nor do believe 
your son guilty, we must nevertheless labor with 
diligence, circumspection and care. 

Having settled the affair as far as possible at this 
time," continued Mr. Bichardson, " I will return to my 
home on the morrow, advising youas often as may seem 
necessary as to our progress." 

The interview was now brought to a close by the 
announcement of dinner. 



CONFEKENCE BETWEEN THE LAWYER AND SPY 71 



CHAPTER YIII. 

CONFERENCE BETWEEN THE LAWYER AND SPY. 

AT five o'clock, the hour agreed upon for the con- 
ference between the lawyer and Confederate agent, 
the plantation school-house the designated point, the 
former took leave of his friends, on the plea of taking a 
stroll through the neighboring fields and forests, with the 
promise to return before nightfall. 

Little did either Mr. Baxter or his daughter suspect 
they were harboring within the sacred precincts of the 
household a Confederate spy, much less that character in 
the person of Cyrus Jones ; who was even now in secret 
correspondence with the student Ephraim Stroud, the 
alleged friend of Duke Steele and accuser of Herman, 

In the meantime, the schoolmaster had irretrievably 
fallen in love with the daughter of his employer ; know- 
ing full well however that his passion could in no wise 
be returned or reciprocated, for did he at any time ap- 
proach the maiden with the least show of sentiment in 
this direction, he was repelled with scorn. The actual 
facts were that she believed him a rank im poster, the 
object in view wholly foreign to his assumed character. 

However, his accomplice, Ephraim Stroud, was soon 
to appear at the Baxter plantation ; and even now waa 
close at hand, his principal design that of becoming 
acquainted with Miss Nelly, thus adding to the already 
complicated state of affairs. Having heard so much in 
praise of the young lady and of the wealth of her father, 
he determined to pay court to the one, at the same time 
placing himself in a position to gain possession of the 
other ; and as the conquest of Nelly's heart might not 
be an easy task, the acquisition of her father's wealth 
little less so, he resolved to set about the affair, with the 



72 CONFERENCE BETWEEN THE LAWYER AND SPY. 

slirewdness natural to his character bringing to bear his 
acknowledged persuasive power, to which end he would 
appear in person. Another thing greatly in his favor lay 
in the fact that while in correspondence with his coad- 
jutor, Cyrus Jones, the two had never met ; thus though 
working in complete harmony as Confederate agents, 
they were personally unacquainted. So on the after- 
noon in question, a well-dressed, pleasant appearing 
young man might have been obseived leisurely walking 
up the avenue to the Baxter mansion, upon reaching 
which, he inquired for its master. 

The stranger was shown to the parlor, then requested 
to take a " cheer," when the servant stepped to the door 
of the library, acquainting his master that a " gemman " 
wanted to see him. 

Mr. Baxter, gloomy, depressed, evidently in deep and 
troubled thought, scarely noticed the interruption, when 
Pomp again called his attention, saying : 

"A gemmen am in de pariah, sah, waitin' to see you 
on 'portant business, sah. Anyhow, so he say, sah." 

" Well, Pomp, tell the gentleman 1 will wait upon him 
directly." 

Mr. Baxter now repaired to the parlor, meeting the 
Btranger with a kindly though scarcely cheerful greet- 
ing, when the confederate of the schoolmaster arose, ex- 
tending a hand and introducing himself under the name 
of Charles Tompkins. His face was disguised by a false 
"beard — quite necessary under the circumstances — else he 
would have been at once known, as both Mr. Baxter 
and Nelly had met him as the false 'accuser and princi- 
pal witness on the occasion of the examination of Her- 
man, 

Ephraim Stroud, it is needless to repeat, like the major- 
ity of Confederate agents, was a character well fitted 
for the position assigned him. Bold, thoroughly unscru- 
pulous, yet polished ; possessing a ready flow of words, 
he could meet these aristocratic lords of the soil on their 
own ground ; wherefore he introduced himself, by say- 
ing: 



CONFERENCE BETWEEN THE LAWYER AND SPY, 73 

" Sir, I am a young man traveling mainly for pleas- 
ure, and this being my first visit to your State, I 
thought to improve the opportunity by calling upon 
some of its leading citizens — yourself, as I've been given 
to understand, one of the foremost — and in thus calling, 
allow me to express the pleasure one can but experience 
when being honored by the kind reception you have 
deigned to accord me." 

Like the most of his class, the Hon. Thomas Baxter, 
proud of his race, as he had once said to his daughter, 
was little averse to a modicum of flattery, providing 
it was judiciously applied, and not too transparent. The 
visitor at once recognized this trait of his host's charac- 
ter, and resolved to make good use thereof. Mr. Baxter 
perceiving in the stranger a young man of education, 
gentlemanly ways and pleasing address, gave him a cor- 
dial welcome, entreating him to remain so long as he 
desired, and saying that nothing would be wanting to 
make his stay both agreeable and pleasant. 

Ephraim Stroud now believed, as did his ally on a 
previous occasion, his star rising ; and when taking into 
account his wonderful powers of fascination, he really 
imagined the young and doubtless unsophisticated coun- 
try girl would with little hesitation fall down and wor- 
ship the " golden calf." However, our young, talented, 
fascinating friend was ere long to come to grief, when a 
generous slice of his overweening conceit was to be 
eliminated, his unbounded confidence sorely tried. 

Mr. Baxter now directed a colored girl to call at his 
daughter's room, requesting her presence ; when soon 
thereafter appearing, she was introduced to the stranger, 
who regarded her with no less admiration than did the 
Eichmond lawyer on a previous occasion, though with 
far less refined and elevated sentiments. 

Upon introducing Nelly, Mr. Baxter took occasion to 
commend the young man to her charge, trusting she 
would see that all things were done tending to his com- 
fort. This was scarcely necessary, as she was in the 
habit of sharing her father's hospitable attributes, it 



74 CONFERENCE BETWEEN THE LAWYER AND SPY. 

mattering little whether worthy or the contrary. So long 
as they remained under shelter of the home roof they 
were objects of consideration. Yet the fact must be 
admitted that in this instance Nelly made a mental reser- 
vation to the effect that she believed this man no better 
than the other. 

Could the three persons, the lawyer and the two spies, 
working for the same object, having a like end in view, 
each for himself as against the other, have for a moment 
suspected how little ground they had on which to base 
their hope of conquest, they would doubtless have sullenly 
retired from the field disheartened, or else taken up arms 
in a common cause, waging bitter warfare. For Nelly 
neither did, could, qt would, under whatsoever circum- 
stances, entertain sentiments other than friendship for 
the opposite sex, save for her old lover, Duke Steele, 
who while lost, would ever be held in grateful remem- 
brance ; and though her father enlisted her filial rever- 
ence, her only brother a sister's devoted love, one only 
could fill the warmest place in her heart, the highest 
place in her regard — and. that one where? Yet could 
she at this moment have fully been made aware of the 
gravity of the situation, have understood the perils by 
which she was so surrounded, her already overburdened 
heart would have found even less rest than now. 



CHAPTER IX. 

THE CONFERENCE. 

FULLY alive to the situation, well understanding the 
feelings entertained by Nelly, Cyrus Jones, after 
long deliberation, had consummated a scheme whereby 
it was believed he could accomplish his designs. 

As affairs now stood, these three allies working in 
harmony in a political sense, were socially, thoroughly 
antagonistic. 



THE CONFERENCE. 75 

The hour had at length arrived when the lawyer was 
to meet his unscrupulous enemy. So taking the path 
leading to the school-house, which he ere long reached, 
Cyrus Jones was found waiting for the promised confer- 
ence. 

Commencing the interview in a commonplace conver- 
sation, neither of the parties seeming to be in haste about 
approaching a subject so fully engrossing their thoughts, 
and for which the meeting had been arranged, at length 
the spy broached the question, stating his position, 
avowing himself not an agent only, but also a political 
spy in the interest of the Confederacy. He also told Mr. 
Richardson of the plans formed, their designs and aim — 
none other than the confiscation of the estates of South- 
ern planters who were not only known to be in secret 
correspondence with the Abolitionists of the North, but 
even those who were suspected of being friendly to the 
Union. " For," said he in explanation, " those who are 
not with us must be against us." 

After entering into full explanation of the course now 
pursued and to be carried out in the future, being also in 
co-operation with other agents located in various sec- 
tions of the border States, he came directly to the sub- 
ject lying so near his heart, none other than his infatua- 
tion for the daughter of Mr. Baxter ; averring that being 
well aware he could find not the least favor in her sight, 
he intended whenr the proper time should arrive, to cap- 
ture and take her to the far south ; thus placing her in 
a compromising position, from whicb in order to extricate 
herself, she would doubtless be willing to accede to his 
demands. 

From this statement, it will be at once surmised that 
the spy was little aware that the lawyer was also inter- 
ested in securing the affections of his employer's daugh- 
ter, nor was he acquainted with the fact that he and 
Mr. Baxter were friends of long standing, else he would 
have thought twice before laying these rascally plans 
before one so deeply interested in the welfare of the 
family. 



76 THE CONFERENCE. 

Again, Cyrus Jones did not know the lawyer's visit 
to the plantation had the most remote connection with 
the approaching trial of the falsely accused son of his 
employer ; so continuing his remarks, he said : 

" Herman, the only son of Mr. Baxter, late a student 
and soon to graduate from a New England institution of 
learning, has been accused and arrested on the charge of 
murdering a fellow-student and room mate. At the pre- 
liminary examination the evidence was of so conclusive 
a nature that he was indicted, and bound over to stand 
trial on the sitting of the District Court, which occurs on 
the tenth of August. From the sworn statements, if 
corroborated, of which I think there is little doubt, the 
young man will certainly be convicted of the crime ; in 
which event I shall have clear sailing, for both the father 
and daughter will then be completely within my power." 

Upon the recital of these heartless and cold-blooded con- 
fessions from one who had been treated with so much 
consideration, and been the recipient of so many kind- 
nesses while in the employ of his old esteemed friend, 
the indignation of the lawyer knew no bounds ; and had 
he given way to his first impulse, he would have taken 
the treacherous spy by the throat, compelling him by 
threats of the disclosure of his hellish plans to forego 
these base designs upon his friends ; but upon reflection, 
the lawyer, believing this an unwise course, simply re- 
marked, in a careless manner : 

" Mr. Jones, how long have you known of these facts, 
and in what manner did you become acquainted with 
them ? " 

" Why, you see, my friend, we have an agent at the 
institution in the guise of a college student, who is at the 
same time carrying out my instructions for the good of 
the cause, you know. Ha ! ha ! Mr. Eichardson, we are 
no fools ! We labor of course for the best interests of 
our employers, at the same time, don't propose to neglect 
our own. ' Make hay while the sun shines,' is an old, 
though appropriate adage, in our case at least." 

Little did Cyrus Jones suspect the said agent and col- 



THE CONFERENCE. 77 

lege student, Epbraim Stroud, was at this moment lis- 
tening to these damaging statements and the exposure 
of his secrets. Having followed, unsuspected, the law- 
yer to the school-house, he was standing at this moment 
within a few feet of the bold conspirator, his ear to a 
crevice of the wall, a listener to all that was said. 

After a prolonged conversation, during which the 
astute lawyer drew from the spy all the latter could dis- 
close, they separated. 

Next morning found the lawyer in an uneviable frame 
of mind, his thoughts constantly reverting to his friend's 
daughter, placed in a position of so great peril, and he 
about to leave her, no friendly hand to guide or shield 
her from these evil machinations and treacherous 
schemes. He scarcely knew how to act, or what course 
to pursue to ward oft' the blow destined ere long to fall 
not only upon her, but also her unsuspecting father. 

" Should I explain," he said to himself, " the true state 
of aSairs, learned from the interview held with the 
schoolmaster, it might tend to still further complica- 
tions of a more dangerous character ; while on the other 
hand, by permitting her to be kept in ignorance of the 
designs of the spy, she must inevita"bly be left wholly at 
his mercy." 

Again, should he divulge the secrets, Cyrus Jones 
would be at once dismissed from the service of Mr. Bax- 
ter, leading doubtless to some dire act of revenge on the 
part of the spy, thus placing Nelly in a still more peril- 
ous situation. So, on the whole, he resolved to say 
nothing about the affair until occasion should render it 
important to make the disclosure. 

Breakfast over, and an anxious farewell spoken, Mr. 
Richardson again seated in the lumbering vehicle, started 
on his journey to the capital, where he arrived in due 
time. After taking a day's rest, we find him deeply 
engrossed in the affairs of his friends on the Rappahan- 
nock, applying himself with all the energy and mental 
vigor at command, to a case involving so much weal 
or woe, especially to the one in whom he felt so unusual 



78 THE CONFERENCE. 

an interest. In this emergency, Mr, Richardson called 
upon his valued friend and fellow practitioner, Samuel 
Jenkins, for aid. 

The call was heeded with little dela3^ The lawyer 
then laid the case before Mr. Jenkins, and though the day 
was late, the time so near, he at once threw all else aside, 
applying himself with the utmost energy and concen- 
trated vigor to the case in hand, which ere long began 
to assume a much better aspect. 

Mr. Jenkins, however, gave little assurance of success 
unless the testimony of the principal witness and accuser, 
Ephraim Stroud, could be broken down, or the where- 
abouts of the alleged victim, Duke Steele, be brought to 
light, " For," said he, " the testimony adduced at the 
preliminary examination, if sustained — which of course 
can only be broken down by some evidence, or the 
accuser impeached, which is scarcely probable — must 
necessarily stand, in which event the friends of the 
accused can entertain but little hope of acquittal. Yet," 
continued Mr. Jenkins, " we must not give way to imag- 
inary fears. On the contrary, assume a bold front, waging 
fierce unrelenting warfare, taking advantage of every 
vulnerable point in the enemy's armor, laying down our 
weapons only when fairly beaten. Again, that telling 
most heavily against us in the coming strife lies in the 
fact that our client is a Southern, man, the son of a slave- 
owner, and as you are aware, friend Richardson, all slave- 
holders are by the North classed as Secessionists, no 
matter what their political opinions. This, Mr. Ricliard- 
son, is the point on which I am fain to place the greatest 
stress: Northern prejudice — I might add. Northern 
fanaticism — arrayed in opposition to Southern sentiment 
and her cherished institutions, and you may well believe 
me when I aver that on the coming trial you will find 
more bitter, I will say hostile feeling, arise from this 
source, than from the actual guilt or innocence, as the 
case may be, of the accused; the former having in my 
opinion far greater weight with both judge and jury, 
backed as it will be by popular prejudice." 



THE CONFERENCE. 79 

The day set for the trial was near at hand. Mean- 
time, Mr. Baxter was bnsily engaged in making the 
necessary preparations looking to a protracted absence 
from his home for both himself and his brave loyal 
daughter. Gloomy forebodings and troublous thoughts 
filled his mind to the exclusion of all else, particularly 
to those of a cheering and hopeful nature, it requiring 
the utmost energies of Nelly to in any wise counteract 
them. 

Court was to sit on the tenth of August, so the morn- 
ing of the sixth witnessed the setting out of our friends 
on the gloomy and dispiriting journey. 

The counsel for the accused, the Hon. John Eichard 
son, accompanied by his able assistant, Samuel Jenkins, 
left the capital city for the scene of future operations on 
the same day, the former in scarcely a less enviable 
frame of mind than his bereaved employer. 



CHAPTER X. 

THE GOVERNMENT CLERK. 

AT a large and handsome desk, in a finely appointed 
office, sat a young man busily engaged in writing. 
The farnishings of the apartment were something out of 
the usual run of business offices, therefore may well merit 
a slight description. The floors covered with Brussels 
carpet ; the furniture of rosewood and mahogany, uphol- 
stered in velvet and plush ; a massive sofa, beautifully 
carved, occupying a considerable space on one side of the 
room, while on the walls were to be seen a choice collec- 
tion of paintings ; the ceilings frescoed with brilliant yet 
harmonious coloring. 

This office is located in one of the largest buildings 
on the south and fronting a handsome public square, 
near to the business centre of the city of Montgomery. 

The occupant seems in appearance in thorough bar- 



80 THE GOVERNMENT CLERK. 

mony with the appointments and furnishings of the 
apartment. In person well formed, hair light and curl- 
ing, eyes blue, an unusually expressive and pleasing coun- 
tenance, yet, from in-door confinement, his face some- 
what bleached ; still he was one who would naturally 
attract attention under all circumstances. 

So entirely absorbed in his work was he, that he 
scarcely noticed, or if so, gave no heed to the entrance 
of a visitor ; however, the rustling of a silk dress 
attracting his attention, he turned, beholding a vision of 
loveliness scarcely before dreamed possible. 

The lady — for such she evidently was — lifted the veil 
covering her face; then apologized for the intrusion, 
remarking: 

"Sir, I am the daughter of Judge Foster of this city, 
lately returned from school, where I have spent the past 
four years, at a ladies' seminary in Richmond, Virginia. 
Having learned from my father that a gentleman by the 
name of Duke Steele, whose home is at the village of 
Oxford in that State, was employed in this office, and 
presuming you the gentleman in question, I have taken 
the liberty — unwarranted it may be — of calling for the 
purpose of making inquiry of a very dear schoolmate, 
whose home is adjacent to the village referred to. To 
be more precise, I will further state that the name of the 
young lady is Nelly Baxter. Furthermore, having heard 
nothing from her for a long time, as she left school for a 
week's vacation at her home, without making excuse or 
returning as she had intended, to finish her term, I feel 
a good deal of anxiety, fearing she may have been taken 
ill, or some other thing happened, compelling her absence, 
as I know she felt much interested in the closing exer- 
cises, in which she was expected to take part as one of 
the graduating class. Are you, sir, acquainted with 
the young lady ? " 

Upon hearing these words, the young man started 
from his seat in mute surprise and no little agitated. 

" You an acquaintance of Nelly Baxter 1 You her 
schoolmate I " ejaculated he, in tones of so much won- 



THE GOVERNMENT CLERK. 81 

der that the young lady regarded him with a look, as 
saying, " Aha, my friend, I've struck the keynote this 
timel" 

" No, Miss Foster, I can give you no information in 
regard to the lady of whom you speak, as I've not heard 
from her since coming to this city some months since ; 
in fact, no correspondence has passed between myself 
and any person in that State," 

Carrie Foster, the only daughter of the eminent judge, 
knowing of the attachment existing between Thomas 
Baxter's daughter Nelly and the young man with whom 
she was now conversing, had learned from her father, as 
she had said, that Duke Steele was in the Government 
employ at Montgomery ; and believing the opportunity 
had now arrived when she would be able to place her- 
self on an even footing with her former school rival, who 
had always received the honors to which she really 
believed herself legitimately entitled, this young lady, 
petted by her teachers, flattered and held up before the 
whole school as a model for the other girls to follow — 
yes, she would now get even with her ! 

" What a stroke of fortune ! I will flatter this young 
gentleman to his heart's content — he looks as if it would 
agree with him. Yes, and more, he shall fall in love with 
Judge Foster's elegant, fascinatingdaughter, and when that 
is an accomplished fact, pooh I it's such an easy matter to 
throw that fine fellow overboard, as I've so often done, and 
I've never found one yet but could swim. They like to 
win hearts just for the pleasure of breaking them. 
Wliat's sauce for the goose, etc. "We shall see if Miss 
Nelly Baxter don't rue the day she usurped the place 
my due, I the only daughter of one of the foremost 
judges of Alabama, while her father is simply a Vir- 
ginia planter." 

Thus soliloquised this beautiful, truly fascinating, 
though wholly unprincipled maiden, who, as these 
thoughts passed rapidly through her mind — a few min- 
utes' silence intervening — stood motionless, until at length 
she gave the young man a cordial invitation to call upon 
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82 THE GOVERNMENT CLERK. 

her at her home whenever convenience or inclination 
might dictate, closing the interview by the remark : 

" As you are a friend of my dear Nelly Baxter, I shall 
look upon you as almost an old acquaintance ; so come 
round — don't be formal." 

Thanking her for the invitation so very generously 
extended — at the same time wondering why, and at a loss 
to understand the meaning of the daughter of so dis- 
tinguished a citizen manifesting so great an interest in 
the welfare of an humble Government clerk — Duke 
expressed his satisfaction in words suited to the occasion, 
saying he would be only too happy to avail himself of 
the privilege so frankly accorded, especially when making 
the acquaintance of citizens of such unwonted social as 
well as political standing. 

It is possible there might have been a light vein of 
sarcasm underlying the words, yet scarcely probable ; 
for Duke Steele was of a highly susceptible nature, one 
of those characters in whom chivalry toward the oppo- 
site sex was thoroughly developed, and a warm defender 
of their rights ; and had it have been his fortune to be 
born several centuries earlier he would have no doubt 
emulated Don Quixiote in his chivalrous undertakings. 

Owing to the disturbed condition of both sections of 
the country there were at this time no mails, in fact, 
little communication with the North ; therefore it will 
be readily seen that Duke could have heard nothing 
concerning the fate of his friend Herman, much less the 
perilous situation in which he was placed. Neither had 
news of any kind reached him from his old home. Even 
his mother knew nothing of his whereabouts. In fact, 
with scarcely an exception — and that Nelly — everybody 
believed him the victim of his friend Herman's wrath. 

How quickly would he have flown to Herman's res- 
cue had he been aware of his precarious situation ! Aye, 
this victim of an inhuman conspiracy would have found 
in Duke a ready champion, for not a moment would 
have been allowed to pass ere he was on his way to 
defend the honor and good fame of his troubled friend. 



THE GOVERNMENT CLERK. 83 

Carrie Foster, on the other hand, well knew the cir- 
cumstances attending Herman's arrest, but to have dis- 
closed them to Duke Steele would have seriously disar- 
ranged her well laid plans, if not entirely disposed of her 
infamous schemes. As self with the young lady was 
the one absorbing passion, all others must give way, no 
matter of how urgent a nature. 



CHAPTER XI. 

HERMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH. 

A FEW days having been pleasantly passed at the 
Baxter plantation, Ephraim Stroud disappeared 
as suddenly as he had previously appeared, disclosing to 
no one his intentions. Cyrus Jones still remained in 
ignorance, never for a moment suspecting the identity of 
the one with whom he had for so long a time been in 
close though secret correspondence. He gave him no 
further thought, other than in wonderment why he 
should have departed without in tlie least acknowledg- 
ing his host's kind and thoughtful attentions. 

The schoolmaster had, with all his skilled arts of 
intrigue and diplomacy, at last met his match ; one who 
while equally schooled in both the alcove accomplish- 
ments, was evidently possessed of a lesser degree of 
treachery. However, we will for a time leave these evil 
disposed characters, and direct attention to our friend 
Thomas Baxter, who in company with his daughter, had 
after a tedious journey, reached the point where was 
soon to be enacted a scene scarcely paralleled in the 
annals of modem jurisprudence. 

The morning of the tenth of August at length arrived, 
the eventful period so long and anxiously awaited. To 
the world, it opened bright and joyous ; to our sorely tried 
friends, cheerless. Clouds of crimson and gold heralded 
the rising sun, its beaming rays to some glad messengers 



84 HERMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH. 

of hope, to others sadness and dread. The first to tho.se 
who had naught to fear from the well concealed treachery 
and deceit of their fellow-men ; the latter to those unfor- 
tunate ones so nearly bereft of hope. 

The hour draws near for the assembling of court. 
Citizens by tlie score are seen wending their way to 
the halls of justice, while unusual multitudes from the 
country round about, attracted by the strange spectacle, 
are hastening along the 'avenues leading to the city hall ; 
some in elaborate turnouts, others in nondescript vehicles, 
the grocery wagon, butcher's cart and farmer's wagon, 
filled with curious groups, hurrying on, while country- 
men on horse back, clad in homespun, ride in liot haste. 

The plow is silent and motionless in the furrow; the 
blacksmith's hammer no longer rings out in cheery tones ; 
the peripatetic vender of notions, whose brazen horn is 
wont to echo down the busy thoroughfare, is now a silent 
spectator of the scene ; in fine, the every day vocations 
of life are suspended as of secondary importance to the 
spectacle of a human life in jeopardy. 

The clock in the high church tower peals in solemn 
tones. Upon the appearance of the prisoner the entire 
audience arose as if by preconcerted movement, greeting 
him with rounds of applause, thus evidencing that what- 
soever opinion might be entertained as to his guilt or 
innocence, his dignified bearing and modest demeanor 
told largely in his favor. 

Turning and anxiously scanning the vast multitude, 
his eyes at length rested on the faces of his father and 
sister ; who in turn gazed on the one who so largely 
occupied their thoughts, the latter greeting him by fond 
looks and affectionate smiles, the former with affection 
tempered with melancholy. 

And now all things being in readiness, the first case 
on the docket, the State vs. Herman Baxter, was called 
by the clerk of the court. The preliminaries common 
to similar occasions concluded, the prosecuting attorney 
arose, taking position facing the jury. 

"Gentlemen of the jury," said he, "the case to be 



HERMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH. 85 

tried, according to evidence presented for your considera- 
tion, demands strict attention, calm and disinterested 
judgment. In fact," continued the counsel, " I may say 
the case is one of the utmost importance, not only to 
ourselves and the vast multitude gathered here, but to 
the entire community, who are alike interested in mat- 
ters of law and order ; and I will further say, the object 
and enforcement of the penalties attached to crime in its 
general degrees, is not so much for the punishment of 
the guilty, as protection to the innocent — in short, to 
fully recognize the value placed on human life. When 
you lie down at night, or go abroad by day in the exer- 
cise of your various duties, you are to be protected in 
the enjoyment of your natural rights. This the law 
is presumed to do. Thus your desire at all times is the 
satisfaction of knowing that it stands ever ready with its 
safeguards thrown about your person and property, 
affording that protection to the life, limb, and proprie- 
tary interests of every well disposed citizen. The only 
known method of fulfilling or accomplishing the desired 
end, is to mete to the guilty the punishment prescribed 
by law. As the ' rain falls on the unjust, as well as on 
the just,' so in like manner does the law throw its pro- 
tection around every person, who must be presumed 
innocent until proven guilty. 

"You will therefore please pay strict attention to the 
evidence in the case introduced by both prosecution and 
defence, and that you may the more clearly understand 
the position taken by the State, I will briefly outline the 
course to be pursued, presenting the facts as far as they 
have come to our knowledge, which facts we shall attempt 
to prove by thoroughly reliable witnesses. I will also 
outline the theory, thus showing the probable cause of 
the crime and why committed. 

" It seems that on a certain evening in the month of 
May last, the accused, with his friend and room mate, 
while at their tables in their college room, either 
studying, writing or reading, were suddenly interrupted 
by a knock at the door, which upon being opened dis- 



86 HERMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH. 

closed a female who at once entered, advancing to where 
the young men were sitting. When accosted with the 
question, ' What do you want ? ' she replied, ' Nothing.' 
Then followed the scene which will hereafter be detailed 
by an eye witness to the affair, called to prove the above 
statements. 

"Before doing this, however, I will take occasion to 
state the theory of the prosecution, briefly this : That a 
female, presumably a woman of the town, with whom 
both the young men had been intimate, neither one 
suspecting the other, appeared at their room. An alter- 
cation ensued, when the accused, overcome with shame, 
rage and jealousy, struck the victim a blow with a 
bar of iron, since found hidden in the apartment, caus- 
ing him to fall lifeless to the floor ; when remorse, 
coupled with fear of detection, led him some time during 
the night to remove the dead body, either burying it in 
some remote secluded place or sinking it in the river. 

" As thorough search has been made, the river dragged 
without revealing the remains, it is presumed measures 
have been taken in their disposal tending to make further 
disclosure doubtful. 

" The first and principal witness we shall call in evi- 
dence of the facts presented, as also the theory advanced, 
is a fellow-student, Ephraim Stroud, who will please 
come forward and be sworn." 

Upon this summons, the young man took a seat on 
the witness stand, when the oath was duly administered. 

It will be remembered that on the occasion of this 
man visiting tlie Baxter plantation, he was in disguise, 
going under an assumed name, so that upon his appear- 
ance now, neither Nelly nor her father in the least sus- 
pected him of being one whom they had so hospitably 
entertained. 

After the usual interrogatories as to residence, name 
and occupation, Stroud made substantially the same 
statement as outlined by the president of the college in 
the letter to Mr. Baxter. 

Corroborative evidence was furnished in the person of 



HERMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH. 87 

a poor half-witted lad, in the employ of the students, 
performing menial work about the college rooms, who 
testified to nearly the same facts as the preceding 
"witness. 

Every effort made by defendant's counsel in cross-ex- 
amination failing to shake the testimony of either, the 
certainty of the prisoner's guilt was deemed conclusive. 

The plea now put forth and urged with all the power 
he could command by the prisoner's counsel, was not only 
in striving to establish his former unexceptional char- 
acter and unblemished reputation, it being deemed an 
utter impossibility that he could have been led to com- 
mit a crime of such magnitude ; yet if this were really 
the case, there must have been sufficient provocation, or 
else it was done in self-defense. 

This theory, however, it is needless to say, at once fell 
to the ground, there having been no eye witness to the 
affair, other than the alleged female ; who, according to 
Stroud's testimony, must have been present. But she 
had hopelessly disappeared. Therefore, circumstantial 
evidence only could be brought to bear to sustain 
defendant's theory. 

The examination concluded, the state's attorney made 
a lengthy argument, carrying conviction to both court 
and jury. He indulged in few sophistries, and less ora- 
torical effects, basing his argument on the evidence of 
Ephraim Stroud, and his co-partner in falsehood, the 
janitor. 

The Hon. John Richardson now came forward to plead 
for the life of the son of his old friend. Taking stand 
in front of the jury, it at once became noticeable that 
something out of the usual run had happened to the 
eminent lawyer, as he appeared feeble, careworn and 
dejected. His address was commenced, but in a hesitat- 
ing, disjointed manner, until after having uttered a few 
brief sentences, his form was seen to sway, until at length 
he fell helpless to the floor. 

He was immediately lifted in strong arms, and borne 
from the room by two court officers, followed by surprised 



88 HERMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH. 

glances from the spectators, and the no less indignant 
ones of both Mr. Baxter and his astonished daughter, 
who now believed — as was truly so — the case hopeless. 

At this juncture, the colleague of Mr. Eichardson, 
Samuel Jenkins, came forward, briefly apologizing for his 
friend on the plea of being overcome by heat, and the 
foul air of the crowded hall. Taking stand, as his asso- 
ciate had previously, in front of the jury, he began a 
plea, energetic, forcible, and of masterly argument, realiz- 
ing the unwonted stake at issue and that the fate of his 
client now rested in his hands. However, the tide had 
set too powerfully against him to be overcome ; the plea 
came too late, as the sentiment of judge and jury, in fact 
the whole people, opposed him. 

Closing the address, he took a seat, the entire audience 
remaining in breathless suspense, until at length the 
judge arose, commencing his charge to the jury mainly 
by way of bringing to their notice points of law appli- 
cable to the case that might otherwise prove more or less 
obscure to their dull comprehension. 

The sheriff leading the way, the jurymen left their 
seats, filing out to hold consultation ; when after no more 
than a half-hour's delay, they returned, again resuming 
their former places. The judge addressing them, said : 

"Gentlemen of the jury, have you reached a verdict 
in the case just tried, the State vs, Baxter? " 

The foreman, rising, responded : 

" We have, your honor." 

Then he handed the judge a sealed packet, who passed 
it to the clerk, when that officer opening it, read aloud 
the following verdict : 

" We, the jury in the case, the State vs. Herman Bax- 
ter, on the charge of murder, do unanimously find a true 
verdict against defendant, of murder in the first degree." 

Upon hearing the verdict, Nelly Baxter sprang to her 
feet, in piteous accents crying, " It's false, it's false ! " 
Then she sank, panting and exausted. The long mental 
strain had been more than the poor girl could bear. Nelly 
was at once removed from the court-room, attended by 



HERMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH. 89 

gentle loving hands, followed bj her broken-liearted 
father and the lively sympathies of the audience. 

The judge, attired in robes of black, now ordered the 
condemned man to rise, afterwards addressing him in the 
customary manner : 

" Prisoner at the bar, you have been tried by a jury 
of your peers, and what little evidence has been here 
adduced in your favor has failed to outweigh or shake 
that of the prosecution ; thus you are adjudged guilty 
by a jury sworn to do their whole duty, a jury doubtless 
fully competent, who after taking adequate time for its 
fulfillment, declare you guilty of the greatest of all 
earthly crimes — murder — the penalty — death. "What 
have you, sir, to say why sentence should not be pro- 
nounced upon you ? " 

"Your honor," replied the undismayed Herman, "I 
have but little to say. Yet as there is a just God, stand- 
ing as I do in the shadow of death, before whom you 
and I must some day meet, I solemnly protest my inno- 
cence of the crime, also against the great wrong done. 
And I will only further add that the testimony of the 
principal witness, Ephraim Stroud, is false — yea, more- 
over, false as hell, sir ; and if I go to my death, my 
blood rests upon his hands — my last words, as there is a 
God in heaven, who will be my judge, I am innocent." 

" Prisoner at the bar," said the judge, " it now only 
remains for me to pronounce upon you the sentence pre- 
scribed by law. You will be taken from this place to 
your cell within the County Jail, there to remain in soli- 
tary confinement until the fourteenth day of September, 
then between the hours of ten in the morning and four 
in the afternoon, you will suffer the penalty of your 
crime, being hung by the neck until you are dead — 
dead, and may God have mercy on your soul ! " 

Thus ended this trial, which had so aroused the feel- 
ings of the community ; some in sympathy for the con- 
demned youth, others believing the sentence just ; while 
the majority of the people cared little concerning the 
outcome of the trial, other than that it furnished food 



90 HERMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH. 

for gossip, only too glad for something stirring and out 
of tlie usual run of aftairs to talk about. 

The prisoner was again conveyed to the jail, where he 
was placed in solitary confinement, under close and strict 
guard, until the arrival of the not distant day when he 
would be led forth to execution. 

Before leaving for their home on the Eappahannock, 
his father and sister called to bid him farewell, Nelly 
taking occasion to whisper in his ear : 

" My dear brother, be of good cheer. I will surely 
contrive in some way to cheat the gallows of its victim, 
and these bloodthirsty people the sight to which they 
look forward with so much satisfaction. So don't be 
downhearted ! your sister will bring you rescue 1 Keep 
up good courage ! " 

Then throwing her arms about his neck, she kissed 
him good-bye. 

The war on the Union, was now in vigorous prog- 
ress. Here was a victim. Let him escape the penalty 
due to Ills father's sins? Perish the thought 1 

If these Southern brethren could be thus brought to 
their very doors, was it not much easier than to be com- 
pelled to hunt them on their own soil, " musket on 
shoulder," through the mountains and valleys of Vir- 
ginia, letting alone the great danger? 

The Richmond lawyers also took their departure for 
their homes. But what were the feelings of the Hon. 
John Richardson, who could now look upon himself 
only as the main cause of his client's defeat? Had he 
shown himself a man in this, the most critical moment 
of his friend's career, when so much depended upon hi^ 
well-known reputation as a skilled advocate, he might 
have borne the outcome of the trial with some show of 
resignation. 

What would Nelly, the innocent cause of his down- 
fall, think of him ? She could only regard -him in the 
light, not so much perhaps as a false friend, but an 
extremely weak one ; in fact, '* despise " would be a word 
most applicable in his case. 



HEKMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH. 91 

The journey of our friends to their homes was quite 
uneventful. Nelly at once regained her usual self-con- 
tained manner and cheerful spirits, setting herself at work 
studying some plan whereby her brother could be saved 
the degradation of the gallows, at the same time striving 
by all the means lying in her power to keep her father 
from utterly sinking under the terrible blow, the impend- 
ing fate of his son, it seeming indeed at this time as if 
no earthly power could avail to stay the calamity. 

After several days' cogitation and deep thought, the 
brave girl came running one morning to her father's 
room, where the old gentleman sat brooding over his 
misfortune, crying out in loud joyous tones : 

" Papa, grieve no longer! I've discovered a way to 
save the life of brother Herman. It can and shall be 
done. So, papa, cheer up I Only rely upon your faith- 
ful daughter, who has never hitherto failed you in time 
of need." 

From this time on, Nelly went about her daily duties, 
happy in spirit and contented in mind. 

Thus the days flew swiftly by, each bringing nearer 
the dreaded day set for the public execution of her 
brother. 

The twelfth day of September had at length arrived. 
Meantime, workmen were busily engaged in the work of 
erecting a scaffold, in a remote corner of the jail, at some 
little distance from the prisoner's cell. This was located 
on the first or ground floor, the stoutly barred windows 
overlooking the prison yard, placed high in the solid 
stone wall ; however, scarcely difficult of access to one 
standing on a moderately tall ladder. 

At about the hour of ten on the following evening, 
while pacing back and forth on his lonely beat, his every 
thought engrossed on the coming event now so near at 
hand, wondering the while what had become of the 
alleged victim, Duke Steele, and if anything of a serious 
nature had really befallen him, Herman's attention was 
suddenly attracted by a noise proceeding from the grated 
window, evidently some one gently tapping thereat. 



92 HERMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH, 

Keeping his eyes intently fastened to tlie point indi- 
cated, a small package was at length observed being 
passed between the grates, thence dropping to the floor. 
Still closely watching, in event of the guard noticing 
anything unusual, he hastily gathered up the parcel, 
depositing it under his bunk until a suitable time should 
arrive when it would be safe to examine the contents. 

The nightly guard would soon make the rounds. A 
few moments later he appeared, passing through the 
cell, noticing nothing of a suspicious nature. Meantime 
inquiring if the prisoner were in need of anything for the 
night, and being assured to the contrary, he bade the 
young man "Good-night," with the hope that he might 
enjoy a comfortable night's rest. Afterward, placing in 
position the heavy bar attached to the entrance, together 
with the customary bolts and chains, he left him alone 
to his solitary reflections, little understanding how much 
cause for thankfulness his prisoner had for being thus 
left. 

Again all became quiet, save that portion of the 
building whereat the scaffolding was being erected, the 
sounds of hammer and saw echoing through the recesses 
of the gloomy structure. At length convinced a suffi- 
cient period of time had expired to render it entirely 
safe, the prisoner unrolled the package, when great was 
his astonishment and no less measure of joy upon behold- 
ing the contents. These were two sharp files, a tiny 
bottle of lubricating oil, also a small piece of iron-tinted 
wax, while within was a note in a neat feminine hand, 
explaining the course to be pursued — none other than to 
work noiselessly, yet rapidly, in severing two of the bars, 
concluding by saying : " The workmen engaged in 
another part of the building are making so much uproar, 
the slight noise of filing will be entirely covered. After 
the bars are severed, replace and hide the joints by the 
wax. Furthermore, at twelve o'clock to-morrow night, 
leave the cell, carefully replacing the bars, then proceed 
to the little grove to the rear and at some distance from 
the prison grounds, where you will find means provided 



HEEMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH. 93 

for your safety. Obey these instructions to the letter, 
at the same time place entire confidence in an unknown 
friend, and all will be well." 

Now wide awake, alert and active, Herman began the 
task of cutting the bars of the window, outside of which 
lay escape and liberty. Working carefully, the little 
sound made by the rasping file was drowned by the 
saws and hammers of the workmen. The time was so 
faithfully employed, that ere the hour of midnight, one 
bar was in his hand. The guard had said, previous to 
leaving as presumed for the night : 

"I am instructed by the sheriff to call again at twelve 
o'clock, but I will make as little noise as possible, so that 
your slumbers may not be disturbed." 

The now thoroughly happy prisoner replaced the 
tools under his bunk, then lay down as if to sleep, 
throwing the blankets over his body. Thus upon the 
appearance of the jailer at the appointed hour, his pris- 
oner was evidently soundly sleeping. So after carefully 
examining the cell, he noiselessly disappeared, when the 
young man rose from his couch, regained possession of 
his priceless treasures, and then bent his every energy 
to the task drawing so near to completion, well knowing 
he would not be again disturbed in his occupation before 
early dawn. Yet before that time had arrived, in his 
hand lay the last bar to freedom. 

Replacing and anointing both the severed bars at the 
seams with the remainder of the wax — so neatly done, 
be it said, that a practiced eye would have been required 
to discover they had been tampered with — he undressed, 
retiring again to his bunk, awakening only at the voice 
of the jailer summoning him to breakfast. 

The unwonted labor of the night had given him an 
unusually good appetite, so he ate a hearty meal, greatly 
to the satisfaction of the kind-hearted jailer ; who, it 
must be owned, had during the time in which he had 
been in charge, conceived a strong liking for his pris- 
oner ; and who, now that the expected execution was so 
near at hand, he felt would be greatly missed, 



94 THE prisoner's escape. 



CHAPTER XII. 

THE prisoner's ESCAPE. 

AGAIN it is night; ten o'clock; streets deserted, 
save now and again a belated pedestrian, silently 
passing, gazes with mournful interest on the massive 
gray walls towering high in the gloom, with mind intent 
on the fate of the lonely watcher at the barred window 
— the last night his eyes shall evermore behold nature's 
glories as pictured in the starry vault aloft. 

At a half hour before midnight, an aged negress might 
have been seen coming down the street. Arriving near 
the jail, the old and seemingly decrepit woman abruptly 
halted, meantime gazing aloft at the massive structure, 
evidently in the act of gratifying a natural curiosity 
peculiar to the race. From an arm depended a market 
basket, from the basket protruded a head of cabbage, a 
couple of bunches of beets, several others of turnips 
onions and the like, while crowning all, were the necks 
of two suspicious appearing bottles. 

The prison officials, a pair of roughly clad, burly speci- 
mens, stationed near to the entrance, were observed 
lazily reclining on a bench near the gateway. Noticing 
the approach of the old woman, and thinking to have 
some fun at her expense by a little judicious chaflang, 
thus tending to relieve the monotony of their tedious 
occupation, both rose to their feet, one remarking : 

"I say, Pete, here comes an old market woman." 

" Rutiier singular she's out this time o' night." 

" That's er fact, Jim." 

"I say, ol' mammy, wot yer got in that there bas- 
ket? " questioned Pete. 

" Nothin' fo' yo', ol' man. Jess sum market doins fo' 
Massa Blakeslee's folks." 



THE prisoner's ESCAPE. 96* 

" Ain't it purty late ter be a comin' from market, 
mammy ? " 

" Wall, yer see, I war down to ol' Mammy Sikes', an' 
she lowed es how thar war goiu' ter be a haugin'-bee 
termorrer, an' we mout as well have a little blow out. 
So Mam Sikes, she sot out a bottle or two of Jamaica, 
the real stuff it war too, dat I can tol' yer." 

" Got any in the basket, old woman i* " 

" Wha' yo' talkin' 'bout ? Tmk I don' carry ol' Ja- 
maica 'bout in a baskit, long o' garden truck ? Wha' 
yo' tak' me fo', ol' man ? " 

" Well, ol' mammy, don't yer go ter gittin' mad erbout 
it. It's kinder cold an' lonesome fur me an' Jim, settin' 
out here all night, watchin' that young feller wot's goin' 
ter stretch hemp termorrer ; an' tber's no call fer it 
either, fur he's fas' ter sleep, an' won't wake fore morn- 
in'. They never do. They allers sleeps tlier night 
afore. But I say, mebbe thar's a drop left, and a little 
Jamaica won't do me an' Jim no hurt. So open up, ol' 
woman, mebbe thar's a smell anyhow." 

At this the old negress began to hobble off, seemingly in 
great haste ; but Pete, catching the basket from her arm, 
drew out one of the bottles, which proved to be pretty 
well filled with what appeared "the real old stuff'." Pull- 
ing out the cork and applying his nose to the mouth of 
the bottle, he gave a joyous shout. 

" I say, Jim, here's nuft' fur a good squar' drink all 
round, so here goes." Then taking a long, hearty pull, 
he handed the bottle to his mate. 

Jim, following Pete's example, nearly drained the bot- 
tle of its remaining contents, the poor old negress, 
meanwhile, wringing her hands in great anguish of spirit, 
saying : 

" Ol' Massa Blakeslee don hab to go 'thout his mornin' 
bitters, and he'll gib me dredful scoldin', dat he will. 
I'se mos' afraid to go hom', dat I is." Then taking up 
her despoiled basket, with the remark, " Yo' uns will be 
sorry yo' don play dis mean trick on po' ol' colored 
woman," she sauntered away. 



9(5 THE peisoner's escape. 

Could Pete and Jim have seen the peculiar and pleased 
expression on the " po' ol' colored woman's " face, they 
would have had their suspicions aroused that all in this 
world "is not as it seems," 

" I say, Pete, that warpurty good liker, but confound it 
— I feel so queer — I'm blest ef I ain't sleepy. I say, 
Pete, let's have a nap. The young feller'd be all rite, but 
look here, Pete " 

Here Jim slid from his seat to the ground, mumbling, 
"Purty good liker, purty goo " ending in a long- 
drawn snore. 

Pete was now in the same predicament, the old Ja- 
maica affecting him in a similar manner. So after vainly 
endeavoring to keep his perpendicular, he fell prone 
to the ground, where both were found lying unconscious 
by the relief-guard at sunrise. 

The clock in the church tower strikes twelve. The 
city is asleep, the prisoner's guard also. There is nothing 
to disturb the stillness of the night, or the unconscious 
men's slumber, save the swiftly running waters of the 
river, now swollen by late heavy rains, and the closing 
for the night of the many factories lining its banks, thus 
adding largely to its volume. 

No thought of the escape of the prisoner was indulged 
by the sheriff or his assistants, who that they might be 
found fresh and in good trim for the performance of the 
arduous and no less solemn duties of the day, had retired 
at an early hour of the evening, giving the guard strict 
injunctions not to lose sight of the prisoner for a single 
moment, but to exercise vigilance and watchfulness in 
the discharge of their duties until relieved in the early 
morning. How well and thoroughly they obeyed these 
instructions, the sheriff was to discover to his cost before 
many hours should have elapsed. 

The gallows, completed, had been thoroughly tested 
with satisfactory results, and nothing seemed wanting to 
the performance of the last sad act in the drama of Her- 
man Baxter's brief life. 

Kot only the citizens, but also the people of the neigh- 



THE prisoner's ESCAPE. 97 

boring districts, had retiied to their couches on this 
night, in the anticipation of witnessing on the morrow a 
spectacle seldom seen in that region, the judicial execu- 
tion of a fellow-being. Therefore it will not be a maiter 
of wonder that before the rising of the sun, the highways 
leading to the city should be thronged with people. 

Five o'clock — six — another long hour, and the great 
bell in the tall church tower pealed, in solemn tones, the 
hour of seven, echoed by scores of loud, shrill-sounding 
whistles from factory and mill, summoning the lagging- 
workmen to their daily toil. 

But what means this unwonted commotion around the 
outer gateway of the jail, the sheriff flying in such ex- 
cessive haste from his house to its precincts, while the 
shout goes up from jail officials: "The prisoner has 
escaped ! " ? 

But how ? The fastenings, bolts, bars and chains of 
the stoutly constructed gateway are found, upon exam- 
ination, intact. Even the bars of the grated window 
are all in place. People gather in knots on the street 
comers, eager for the news. Can it be possible the pris- 
oner has escaped I the gallows robbed of its victim I the 
spectators of the expected scene cheated of the sight I 
Yea, after so much labor and trouble in coming so far, 
rising so early, and all for naught. 

" To horse, to horse 1 " cries the overexcited sheriflf. 
" The culprit cannot be far awaj — we must ride him 
down ! " 

Ere a few moments pass, mounted men ride from street 
and avenue, out on the highways leading to the country, 
while the story passes from group to group : 

" The guards were found sleeping, or stupified from 
being drugged," — " or dead drunk," exclaims another, — 
"so that even at this late hour they have scarcely re- 
gained their senses, anyhow only just enough to say, an 
old market woman, and a nigger at that, had induced 
them to try a drop of old Jamaica about midnight." 

However, whatsoever the circumstances, it was quite 
evident there would be no hanging this day ; so the mul- 



98 THE prisoner's escape. 

titude, very raucli against their will, was compelled to 
return on the homeward route, greatly cast down at the 
unlooked for result of the early morning adventure. 

Howbeit, the old market woman, when on the point 
of leaving the precincts of the jail, the guard hilarious 
over their good fortune in thus securing the coveted 
drinks, commented on the loss of " Massa Blakeslee's 
mornin' dram," meantime increasing her gait until at 
some distance, when she came to a stand under the 
drooping branches of a large chestnut. Dropping the 
basket to the ground, then peering through the thickly 
clustered leaves, she at length uttered an exclamation 
of joy upon perceiving a young man standing at the 
head of an old mule, evidentlj^ waiting the arrival of 
some one unknown. Picking up the basket and hasten- 
ing to his side, she exclaimed in joyous tones: 

" Brother Herman ! Thank God, you are here I the 
means of escape are at hand." 

" My God, Nelly, is this you, and in this disguise ? 
Really, I took you for a negro market woman ; but the 
voice, yes, 'tis that of my dear sister, brave girl that 
you are 1 " Then clasping her in his arms in a tender, 
affectionate embrace, he murmured in trembling accents, 
" How can I ever repay you for such devotion ! " 

" My dearest brother," replied Nelly, " it's now past 
midnight. I have so effectually stupefied the guards 
they cannot possibly awake, nor their condition become 
known before the break of day. Yet time is precious, you 
must prepare to leave and that at once. In the saddle- 
bags strapped to the back of the mule, are the means 
for your escape." 

Then unbuckling a leather sack, and taking therefrom 
a number of questionable looking garments, she soon 
had him rigged out in appearance not unlike a genuine 
Hibernian ; a shock headed tow wig, whiskers of a red- 
dish hue, and a bottle containing a fluid which upon ap- 
plication gave his complexion a sunburned aspect ; cloth- 
ing suitable to the character he was to assume, heavy 
corduroy breeches, gray flannel shirt, coarse blouse, un- 



THE prisoner's ESCAPE. 99 

gainly cowhide boots, into the legs of which were tuck- 
ed the corduroys, and when all complete, he appeared 
more perfectly disguised even than his sister. 

This toilet finished, he really looked so much like the 
character he was to assume that Nelly, notwithstanding 
the gravity of the situation, could scarcely repress a 
shout of laughter. Her only words were : 

" Herman, you'll do. But, . pray don't forget your 
nam6, Michael Dempsey, or for short, 'Mike.' Now, 
let's hear you answer to it." 

" Well now, an' faith Misthress O'Toole, Michael Demp- 
sey niveryet did turn his back 'pon so shuate an' illigant 
a lady as yer'sel, an' ef Oi moight be soi bowld as to 
shtale wan shmall kiss from yer purty hps, shure an' I'd 
go me way carryin' the mimory o' yer handsom' face 
wid me to the ind o' the world." 

" That's it, brother, you'll make a fine Irishman, yet 
I am very sorry to say we must not tarry longer. A 
long farewell, and may God in his infinite mercy care for 
and bless you, my dear, dear brother! How long this 
separation may be, God only knows ; but under all cir- 
cumstances, keep up your courage, and let us both put 
our whole trust and dependence upon Him 'who doeth 
all things well.' " 

Mounting his sorry looking beast, and with another 
good-bye, Herman rode away, but not until his sister 
had given him full instructions in regard to his future 
movements, that he must be sure to follow, as everj'-.- 
thing now depended on his maintaining the character as- 
sumed, that of an Irish lad traveling for both pleasure 
and profit — the pleasant part, riding through and seeing 
the country ; the profit, that of looking for a job. 

" You need," she continued, " appear to be in no haste, 
riding leisurely and carelessly along, examining every- 
thing falling in your way, as though the portion of coun- 
try through which you are traveling was wholly new to 
you. At the same time you must expect to be followed 
and overtaken, and when questioned as to your identity, 
means of livelihood and place of residence, reply in a 



100 THE PURSUIT. 

cool, self-possessed manner, betraying no uneasiness or 
suspicion of anything being out of the usual way, either 
by look, speech or manner, and under every circum- 
stance and in all places be careful in maintaining the 
incognito of an Irishman, Michael Dempsey." 

Then she passed him a well-filled purse, sufficient, as 
she said, to defray his expenses for a considerable time, 
or at least until something should turn up in his favor, 
enabling him to return or communicate with his friends 
and home. 



CHAPTER XIII. 

THE PURSUIT. 

IT was now eight o'clock in the morning. The sun 
had risen, its warm rays veiled with fleecy clouds, 
serenely floating in the still atmosphere, soon however 
to be dissipated as the orb of day rose higher in the 
heavens. 

Herman had ridden during the long hours of the night 
in a leisurely manner, partly as a precautionary meas- 
ure, yet largely from necessity, the present condition and 
past servitude of the animal he bestrode greatly hinder- 
ing rapid movement, his thoughts meanwhile dwelling 
on his escape. 

The sharp clatter of rapidly falling hoofs was now 
borne to his ear, when turning, he beheld a group of 
horsemen, four in number, approaching at a swift gait. 
Well understanding the character and errand of these 
men, riding in such haste, he leisurely turned the mule 
to one side, as if to let them pass unnoticed. A few 
moments later they reached his side, the foremost rider, 
the stout burly form of the county sheriff, followed by 
three well-known townsmen. 

Bringing their panting steeds to a sharp halt, the 
sheriff accosted the young Irishman, thus questioning : 



THE PURSUIT. 101 

" My friend, may I take the liberty of inquiring who 
you are, where from, and the nature of your business ? 
In the meantime, possibly you will not deem it deroga- 
tory to the character of your beast, to kindly ask how 
many miles he is capable of traveling, say in a day's 
journey ? " The good- natured officer of the law was 
evidently in a mood to chaff the rider concerning his 
sorry looking mule. "One other question. Have you 
during your pilgrimage, met anyone answering to the 
description of an escaped prisoner from Chester County 
Jail, at some hour during the past night, the precise time 
not known ? " 

" Bedad now, sor, I does be thinkin' yez bees axin' 
Michael Dempsey, Esq., a gude mony questions all to 
wonst. An, yer 'Oner, as I wouldn't b^ decavin' yez in 
the laist perticular, I will only say that beins I've tould 
yez me name bees Michael Dempsey, and I bees a 
roidin' down the counthry a short bit, more fur me own 
plaisurethon ony body ilse, and maybe at the same toime 
lookin' fur a bit o' wurk an' a coozin on me mither's side, 
who as I've been tould lives hereabouts, an' I've coomed 
from beyant the town, as lies over on the ither soide 
of the mountin, an that I did be seein' a mon goin' 
through the woods beyant the hill an hour or more 
agoin' an sor " 

" Hold, Mr. Dempsey," cries the sheriff, " your tongue 
is longer than your mule's tail, though that's nothing to 
brag of. But may be you can tell us whether the man 
you saw going through the woods was afoot or on horse- 
back ? " 

" He wor nather ther wan or the ither, sor, he war 
runnin' " 

*' Boys," said the now delighted sheriff, "that's the 
man sure, for Mr. Dempsey says he was running. — Was 
he making fast time, Michael?" 

" He wor, sor, as though the divil wor afther him." 

"You say you saw him about an hour since? " 

"I did, sor." 

"Well, men," said the sheriff, "we will leave this 



102 THE PURSUIT. 

Irish lad to go on his way, and start again in pursuit of 
the prisoner." 

The highway taken by the sheriff ran at right angles 
with the one Herman was pursuing, who now that this 
menacing danger was safely passed, took heart, and with 
renewed courage proceeded on his way, nothing further to 
molest or give him inconvenience, until at nightfall he 
found himself nearing a little hamlet, its name unknown, 
as this was his first visit to this part of the country. 

As it was eminently necessary to keep his person thor- 
oughly disguised, yet more perhaps to maintain the 
appearance and character of an Irishman, for the country 
for scores of miles in every direction would be closely 
scanned, he rode boldly to the town, drawing rein at a 
small inn on the outskirts. Here the Irishman gave his 
mule to the keeping of the landlord, with the injunction 
that he be treated in a Christianlike manner, and after 
a thorough cleansing, removing the dust gathered by the 
heated ride of the day, the cheery tones of the supper 
bell fell on his ear, a most welcome sound. Immedi- 
ately entering the dining-room, he found a generous 
spread, in fact a more than usually tempting meal, await- 
ing him, presided over by a good-looking and apparently 
intelligent Irish lass, to whom he gave kindly greeting, 
and who in turn attended to his wants with all the zeal 
he could well desire. 

After having finished his supper, our traveler took 
from his pocket a short, black pipe, having filled and 
lighted which, he thought to take a stroll about the 
town. He soon noticed a group of villagers, evidently 
laboring under some unusual excitement, assembled 
about a tall post, designed as a support to a bill board 
for the use of the public. These people were studying 
a large placard, placed in position a short time previous 
where all could read it with little trouble. Sauntering 
leisurely along, he was accosted by one of the group, 
who remarked to him : 

"Do you see that, sir? " 

"See what?" said the Irishman. 



THE PURSUIT. 103 

" Why, sir, the devil's to pay, as you'll agree to if you'll 
take the trouble to read that notice just posted on the 

■Um Vvr^Qrr^ " 



bill board. " i j i x 

So making his way through the throng gathered about, 
Herman halted in front of the placard, and read the fol- 
lowing significant words : 

"PUBLIC NOTICE. 

"Be it hereby known, that on the evening preceding 
the fourteenth day of September, between the hours of 
midnight and daybreak of the day appointed for his 
execution, the condemned criminal, one Herman Baxter, 
did ,by some unknown means, escape from Chester 
County Jail, State of Connecticut, and that I, Obed 
Styles, sherift" of said County, do enjoin and command, 
by virtue of the power conferred by law, every person 
to whom the above facts shall become known, to assist 
in apprehending any suspicious character, wherever seen, 
or any one who may bear resemblance to the said 

escaped prisoner. 

^ (Signed) "Obed Styles." 

*' Faith, but that's a quare notice I How's ony mon to 
know the resamblance of ony suspected or ither person 
to the escaped bye? Bedad, is it by the cut of his jib 
or the cut of his clothes ? Does they offer ony reward ? " 
reading a little further—" ' and the sum of five hundred 
dollars, lawful currency, will be paid to the person or 
persons so apprehending the said Herman Baxter if liv- 
ing, or producing the body if dead.' Shure byes, I'd 
ruther be livin' nor did, af I wor the mon their afther, 
for if did they moit hav the body widout ony reward." 



104 Herman's futher adventures. 



CHAPTER XIV. 

Herman's further adventures. 

r flHIS public notice, signed by the sberifif of Chester 

i County, naturally created an unwonted degree of 
sensation in the little town, for here was an opportunity 
to secure quite a fortune. 

" ' Five hundred dollars, lawful currency ! ' What do 
they mean, Jim ? " said one. 

" Why, good money, I 'spose," said the man so inter- 
rogated, " an' a good bit o' money too." 

Little did either these simple-minded villagers, or the 
no less unsophisticated crowd of country yokels, suspect 
the escaped criminal, for whose " person if living, or 
body if dead," was offered the munificent sum of five 
hundred dollars, "lawful currency," even now stood in 
their midst ; and it required all the nerve and coolness of 
which the young man was possessed, to so successfully 
control his emotions as to maintain the part he was play- 
ing. Sauntering carelessly along, gradually drawing 
away from the crowd, constantly increasing in number, 
he at length ventured a parting shot. 

"Phin yez find the escaped prisoner, byes, sind 
Michael Dempsey, Esquire, word, an' he's the lad wull 
tak' the hide off his back, and put the money in his 
pocket, as weel; an' ef in me thravels I does be coom- 
ing acrass the villain, I'll do the same by yez, an' to 
phrove phat I sais, coom over to Hans' sthore an' hev a 
pot o' peer." 

Upon hearing this generous offer a dozen or more of 
the thirsty ones accepted the invitation, proceeding with 
little delay — to the store, when the Irishman called to 
the proprietor to put on tap a keg of the choicest brew. 

" Now," said the generous- hearted stranger, ** as I bes 



Herman's future adventures. 105 

aa Irishmaa, au' yez a Dootcliinan, I say byes, three 
cheers for the Dootchman," which being given with a 
will, a second keg was ordered, when three times three 
and a tiger went up in chorus for the Irishman, thus 
putting him on good and friendly footing with the 
entire assemblage — just what he most desired. Then say- 
ing, " good-night to yez, byes, an' gude luck go wid yez 
in finding the mon," Herman returned to the inn. 

Worn and weary from the unusual mental strain con- 
sequent upon striving to carry out the scheme, aa also 
the physical discomfort of the day's jou/ney, Herman 
called for a r.oom, immediately retiring. He was soon 
in sound slumber, from which he awoke only on sum- 
mons to breakfast ; yet previous to taking a seat at the 
table, he repaired to the stable to see that his mule was 
being properly cared for. Eeturning, he ate a hearty 
meal, and was then in readiness for another prospective 
day's journey. He then tendered to the landlord 
money in payment for both himself and companion, as 
also the thanks of the latter, whose greatly improved 
appearance suggested the idea that were the animal 
the one formerly in possession of Balaam, or even one 
possessed of like accomplishments as to gift of speech, 
the mule would have personally attended to the matter, 
requiring no assistance. 

Bidding the host good-morning, Herman resumed his 
travels, arriving on the evening of the third day at a 
little hamlet in the vicinity of the city of New York. 
He put up at a hostlery, thinking it prudent to remain 
secluded for a few days, thus being enabled to look about 
without incurring the risk of coming into collision with 
detectives, who he well knew were on his track, yet who 
would most naturally expect to find him in the thronged 
streets of a large city. 



106 FORTUNES OF DUKE STEELE. 



CHAPTER XV, 

FORTUNES OF DUKE STEELE. 

WE now return to Duke Steele, finding him sitting 
at his desk in the Government office at Mont- 
gomery, assiduous in the performance of his duties, yet 
wholly oblivious to the fate of his friend, or the every- 
day affairs of the college. Communications between the 
North and South were cut off, therefore no word having 
reached him, he remains as one dead to friend and foe 
alike, keeping on the even tenor of his way, performing 
every duty assigned him in an acceptable manner. 

Meantime, the judge's daughter, Carrie Foster, has 
striven with might and main to cultivate the friendship 
of the gentlemanly Government employe ; at the outset 
merely to gratify a feeling of revenge against her old 
schoolmate, Nelly Baxter, the affianced of Steele. But 
now affairs have materially changed, rather the feelings 
of Carrie have altered, as now in place of revenge against 
Nelly, it is love for Duke ; for deny as she may, or even 
fight against it, the fact still remains that she is hope- 
lessly in love with the gifted young clerk. 

Duke Steele, believing as he honestly did that from 
the lofty plane of honor on which Nelly Baxter ever 
stood, she could scarcely give him further thought, or if 
so, would simply despise his ignoble conduct in turning 
his back on his best friends, without a thought of the 
suffering thus entailed, or word of explanation, it would 
not seem strange under these circumstances that he 
should give some attention to the fascinating Carrie 
Foster; yet would he but take into consideration all 
that he now was, and all the future might have in store, 
realizing these were wholly due to the generosity of 
Thomas Baxter, the father of Nelly, he must needs think 



FORTUNES OF DUKE STEELE. 107 

twice ere falling into the trap so adroitly set by the fair 
though thoroughly unscrupulous maiden. Yet put one's 
self in his place. A poor youth, 'tis true ; in material 
things alone, however, for he was possessed of a noble 
nature, combined with rare gifts of intellect, high resolve, 
worthy ambition and an unsullied honor. In contrast, 
a maiden scarce eighteen years of age, of graceful form 
and beautiful features, rich masses of raven hair falling 
about a shapely head, lips full and ripe, eyes dark and 
deep as night, voice low and soft, the daughter of one of 
Alabama's most wealthy citizens, paying him court. 
Who then shall wonder or doubt the power capable of 
being wielded by this lovely siren over the heart and 
mind of a youth more than ordinarily susceptible to the 
influence of female charms ; and that, too, at a period of 
his life when cut off from the companionship of friends 
heretofore held so dear ! 

At this juncture of affairs, the Government clerk was 
offered a commission in a cavalry regiment, now being 
organized, composed principally of the sons of wealthy 
Alabama planters. This regiment, the first recruited in 
the State for this branch of the service, made up almost 
wholly of the elite of Southern chivalry, was most natu- 
rally regarded with no little envy by those who from a 
more lowly station, were debarred the privilege of enlist- 
ing in its ranks. Thus a spirit of perhaps well-founded 
jealousy was aroused, causing a considerable amount of 
hard feeling among this latter class of citizens. Great 
then was the wonder among the young men of a walk in 
life similar to that of Duke Steele, that he, of them all, 
should be selected, not only as an associate and equal 
of these haughty scions of Southern chivalry, but at the 
same time, be honored with a commission for which 
others in the possession of wealth, social standing and 
influence, had striven in vain. 

However, the solution of the problem was not diffi- 
cult. The judge's daughter had solicited this appoint- 
ment from her father, well knowing his influence could 
overbear that of others in a similar station of life to his 



108 FORTUNES OF DUKE STEELE. 

own, and where they had failed, he was nearly sure to 
succeed. As he seldom ignored or set aside as of little 
consequence any favor asked by his only and well be- 
loved daughter, neither did he in this instance. Duke 
Steele received the commission, not only without hesita- 
tion, but it might be added with a large measure of sat- 
isfaction, as it raised him at one bound to an equality 
with those high-born wealthy aspirants to military rank, 
fame and honor; not only this, but also to the social 
prominence enjoyed by the gifted young lady, who 
would, from this time on, be enabled to extend him invi- 
tations to the select circle in which she moved as the 
central orb around which circled many satellites ; in the 
meantime, placing him in a position largely dependent 
upon her good will, thus keeping him within the environ- 
ment of her magic charms. So it came about that 
whenever a more than usually interesting social gather- 
ing was to be held, Duke received an invitation, not 
however as the lowly Government clerk, but as Lieu- 
tenant Steele, First Alabama Cavalry, 

This was a state of aft'airs not only acceptable, but 
quite flattering to the vanity natural to one of his age 
and temperament ; so from enjoying the patronage of 
this aristrocratic lady, he was a welcome guest at every 
social entertainment to which he was invited. 

The regiment, now fully recruited, organized, officered 
and equipped, would soon take the field; so a grand 
reception was to be held for a general leave-taking by 
the families, relatives and friends of the regiment, as also 
those well disposed citizens who felt sufficient interest in 
its welfare to be present regardless of caste or social 
standing. An elaborate dinner was to be served by the 
ladies of the city, more especially for the members of the 
regiment, the invited guests merely to share the festivi- 
ties of the occasion, without partaking of the refresh- 
ments provided, as it was considered too great a task to 
furnish food for the multitude expected to be present. 

Special invitations were to be extended to the families 
of wealth and social prominence, not only in the city, 



FORTUNES OF DUKE STEELE. 109 

but throughout the State, as this was expected to be the 
grand gala event of the season, but little thought being 
given to the dangers to which these sons, lovers and 
brothers were soon to be exposed. Enthusiasm ran high 
as preparations for the greatest event in the history of 
the city were beiug rapidly pushed, the ladies vicing in 
mutual strife to excel in choice productions of the more 
substantial articles of food, while lily hands and dehcate 
fingers were for the first time busy in mixture of cake 
and pudding. 

The day at last arrived when the brave soldier boys 
were to be entertained, then to say the last sad farewell 
to home and friends. At the close of the entertainment 
a ball was to be held — an elaborate aft'air, its equal 
never before witnessed by the people of the city. 

The day passed harmoniously, nothing occurring to 
mar the festivities of the occasion ; and taking it as 
a whole, it might well be considered a grand success, 
all that could be desired. The evening shades draw 
nigh. Beauty, wealth, chivalry, all combined were 
there, while the fine regimental band executed their 
choicest selections of music. No like company ever 
before assembled within the precincts of this beautiful 
city, officers in military costume, the ladies in flowing 
silks and satins. 

The ball now opened to the melodious strains of the 
band. In due time Lieutenant Steele entered, passing 
down the long hall, the beautiful daughter of Judge Fos- 
ter on his arm. Advancing, they secured place for the 
opening dance, the tall, manly form of the lieutenant 
showing to the best advantage in his brilliant uniform, 
the lady in rich shimmering crimson silk, while every 
eye was fixed upon them, some in admiration, others in 
envy tinctured with jealousy, while one pair of dark 
eyes gleamed forth venom and deadly hate. 

Nearly the whole company were well acquainted with 
the judge's daughter, while the lieutenant was a compar- 
ative stranger. The question passed freely from mouth 
to mouth : 



110 FORTUNES OF DUKE STEELE. 

" Who is this young soldier? " 

It was answered by an officer of the same regiment, 
Cyril Blanch ard, son of a prominent and wealthy citizen, 
who sneered : 

" Only a poor clerk, late in employ of the Government ; 
yet now it seems, a favorite of fortune. Aye, a suitor 
for the hand of one of the most beautiful and fascinating 
of Montgomery's daughters." Then to himself he mut- 
tered : " I'll bring this plebeian upstart down to the level 
he is so much better fitted to adorn, and the one to 
which he naturally belongs. Yes, I'll teach him not to 
aspire to a station to which he is so little entitled either 
by birth or fortune. Carrie once admitted that she 
loved me, that I was the chosen of her heart. Now she 
throws me over for this conceited proud coxcomb, yet 
the game is far from being played out," 

The night was not only dark, but unusually warm and 
sultry; still theidance went on, little thought being given 
to the heated atmosphere within, except perhaps in the 
case of the lieutenant and his lovely companion, who as 
a matter of prudence deemed it wise to seek the cooler 
air without. So upon finishing the quadrille in which 
they had been engaged. Lieutenant Steele proposed a 
stroll through the adjacent grounds. They soon found 
themselves nearing an arbor entirely screened from view 
by thick masses of closely woven vines. Entering and 
taking seats, they gave themselves up to the mutual 
feelings of love so closely entwining their hearts. 

" Lieutenant Steele," remarked the young lady, " on 
the morrow you leave me. Will it be to return strong, 
well and handsome as now ? or — Oh ! Duke, I shudder 
when contemplating the dangers to which you will be 
exposed, and through which you will be called upon to 
pass 1 " 

Passing an arm around her supple form, imprinting a 
warm passionate kiss on the full ripe lips, Duke ejacu- 
lated : 

" My dearest love, I trust my life may be spared to 
you ; and while not needlessly exposing myself, I shall 



THE SCENE CHANGES, 111 

hope to be ever found in the front rank, doing my duty as 
befits a soldier and well- wisher of his country, and with 
my command opposing a bold front to the enemy, no 
matter what the danger. You, the beloved of my heart, 
the daughter of a patriotic and esteemed father, could 
scarcely wish it otherwise. No, you could not, I am 
sure, desire that in order to escape danger, or with my 
life even, I should turn my back to the foe." 

" No, Duke," the girl simply replied, " but don't, for 
my sake, expose yourself rashly or needlessly. Promise 
me this much, won't you ? " 

During the whole time this scene was being enacted, 
a baleful pair of eyes were its witnesses ; or if not seeing, 
eager ears were listening to the words of love. The 
eavesdropper was none other than the young officer, 
Cyril Blanchard, who, following them from the ball-room, 
had remained in hiding in the rear of the arbor, a silent and 
unsuspected listener. Finally, overcome with rage and 
jealousy, he forced his way to the retreat ; where, con- 
fronting his brother officer, he struck him a stinging 
blow in the face, accompanying it with the most insult- 
ing expressions. At the instant, Lieutenant Steeles prang 
to his feet, when drawing his sword, there followed 
the scene pictured at the beginning of our story. 



CHAPTER XVI. 



THE SCENE CHANGES. 



l^rOTICE. — Wanted — Sixty sailors to man a ves- 
1 ^ sel lately constructed and nearly ready for 
sea. Seamen from Southern ports desired, as the desti- 
nation of the vessel is that of Southern seas and low 
latitudes. Ages must range from twenty-five to forty 
years. Recommendations for the position, thorough 
seamanship, sound health, good mental abilities and a 
general knowledge of the requirements of a large ship. 



112 THE SCENE CHANGES. 

"Eendezvous, No. 210 South Water Street, New 
York citj, where candidates must needs apply, and 
where competitive examinations will determine the 
choice. 

" Also wanted — seventy-five young men, age not 
less than twenty nor above thirty -five years ; service, 
that of marines on board the same vessel ; rendezvous, 
same street and number, and Avhere competitive exami- 
nation will be observed in like manner. 

" Sons of Southern families will in each case be given 
the preference, as better adapted to tbe service required, 

" A ship's clerk is also wanted. The applicant must 
be a young man of good education and of fair mental 
ability. 

" Applicants for any of the said positions must regis- 
ter not later than the thirtieth of the present month. 
"Dated this 20th day of August, 1861. 

(Signed) "Jonathan Perkins," 

The above notice appeared in the columns of the New 
York Herald and Charleston Mercury simultaneously, on 
the twenty-first day of August. 

Upon his second visit to the city of New York, our 
traveler and escaped prisoner, Herman Baxter — having 
previously exchanged his old and highly esteemed friend 
the mule, in consideration of one, week's board, an ar- 
rangement consummated with the proprietor of the inn at 
the suburban hamlet — provided himself with a suit of 
ready-made clothing, purchased at a store on Chatham 
Street; then throwing off the disguise of an Irishman, 
he re-disguised himself in full beard and flowing locks 
of shining black hair. Thus neatly clad and personat- 
ing the name and character of Charles St. Clair, a young 
man of wealth and station, he boldly trod the thronged 
streets, until reaching a public-house, he entered and 
making his way to the reading-room, there penned an 
order purporting to come from the Irish lad, "Michael 
Dempse}', Esquire, the mon who niver towld a loie, sor,'' 
transferring the order for " wan wake's boord," explain- 



THE SCENE CHANGES. 113 

ing when tendering the same to the landlord, Ezekiel 
Hickey, that Michael, an old friend, had secured a job, 
and having no further need of board and lodging out- 
side the city, had sold it at a discount. 

*' So now, sir," he continued, " if all's right, I will take 
possession of his room, and remain the balance of the 
week." 

" Very well, sir," said the accommodating landlord, 
who could see nothing out of the way in the transaction, 
little suspecting this sleek, well-dressed gentleman and 
Michael Dempsey, o' the Dempseys, " Whom one might 
roast on hot gridirons an' they niver prevaricate, sor," 
were one and the same. 

Eeturning to the city on the following morning, he 
roamed aimlessly about for a while, until finding him- 
self in front of the Brevoort House, he entered, think- 
ing to take a few minutes' rest. In the meantime, 
casually glancing through a file of the morning papers, 
his eye chanced to light on the notice inserted by Jon- 
athan Perkins in the Herald, requiring the service of sea- 
men, marines and ship's clerk. 

" Well," he exclaimed, upon finishing the reading, 
"here's something that might suit me. In fact, I am 
sure it couldn't be better, and I will enter my name on 
the register for the position. Yes, I'll apply for the posi- 
tion of ship's clerk." 

Accordingly, on the twenty-fifth of August, he wended 
his way to the rendezvous, No. 210 South Water 
Street, where the examination was then under way. 
Greatly to his surprise, an unwonted number of candi- 
dates were in waiting, hundreds being gathered about 
the halls and corridors of the great building, while 
expectant groups clustered throughout portions of the 
grounds and avenues, anxiously discussing the possibil- 
ities of success or failure, nature of service demanded 
and destination. Meanwhile the clerk of the board called 
the names of applicants as they appeared on the reg- 
istration list, each taking the proper place when so noti- 
fied, the questions propounded being length of service 
7 



114 THE SCENE CHANGES. 

on board ship, physical and mental endowments, when 
if deemed satisfactory, the candidate was turned over to 
the surgeon in charge for physical examination ; in this 
last particular, subjected to the most rigid scrutiny. 
While only sixty sailors and seventy-five marines were 
required, it would most naturally occur to one's mind 
that out of the several hundred applicants, a large number 
must necessarily meet with disappointment, a fact tend- 
ing to much mental anxiety to ihose in waiting. 

The examinations for both sailors and marines con- 
cluded, Charles St. Clair was called, his name heading 
the list for the position of ship's clerk. Upon his name 
being announced, Herman Baxter should have immedi- 
ately answered ; yet not having become accustomed to the 
alias, he gazed around in stolid unconcern, seemingly 
unaware of being the individual in question. No one 
replying, the clerk repeated the name in louder tones, 
adding that should no one present respond, the name 
would be erased from the Hst without further waiting. 
At this juncture a gentleman standing nigh, touched 
the unconscious candidate on the shoulder, pleasantly 
remarking : 

" I believe you are the person in question. Am I in 
the right, sir? " 

" Oh ! yes, thank you, sir, for so kindly reminding me. 
The fact of the matter is I was absorbed in far away 
thoughts," and now recognizing in the gentleman an offi- 
cial connected with the examining board, he continued : 
" Pardon me, sir, for my seeming indifterence to the 
call ! " 

Then, without further ado, Herman pushed his way 
through the dense masses blocking the entrance, taking 
the position pointed out by one of the board. He was 
followed by the curious, and as he imagined, significant 
glances of a number of the spectators. For, be it known, 
his hesitation in not immediately answering to the sum- 
mons had nearly proved fatal, for detectives were yet on 
his track, the search by no means being discontinued, the 
large reward offered by the sheriff" stimulating many 



THE SCENE CHANGES. 115 

well -disposed persons, who otherwise would have scarcely 
given the subject further thought. Thus a number of 
well-known detectives were at this moment on the 
ground, the most trivial, out-of-the-way incident serv- 
ing to keep their keen wits on the alert. Thus had 
the candidate for ship's clerk allowed himself any 
unnatural move, or gesture even, serving in the least to 
betray his incognito, he would have been placed under 
the ban of suspicion, if not actual arrest. 

The examination was now begun and carried forward 
in a most rigid manner. His birth and present place of 
residence, occupation, general qualifications for the post 
sought, together with many questions of lesser import, 
were addressed to him, requiring ready thought and as- 
surance to answer without betraying himself or arousing 
suspicion. 

" Jake," said one, " thet ere young feller has to me, 
specially in build, a leetle the look o' the young man 
we're arter. An' then, did yer notice, when I spoke to 
him, how he kinder colored, jest the same ez a gurl? 
An' then, he seemed ter furgit his name. Didn't yer 
notice it, Jake ? Then too, yer know, Jake, I were at 
this trial. Guess you was, too. However, I recollect 
jest how he looked then, and he hadn't no baird like 
this ere one. Mebbe it's false. What do yer say, 
Jake?" 

*' Wall, Sam," replied the detective Jake, " he do 'pear 
leetle like tother, but 'tain't him ; cause yer see, thet 
feller hed black hair, an' this one's jest like tow fur all 
the wurld. No, Sam, this hain't 'im." 

Herman Baxter, now Charles St. Clair, did really 
seem in a dangerous situation ; yet retaining his usual 
coolness and self-possession to a remarkable degree, he 
answered all questions satisfactorily, even the surgeon's 
examination proving all that could be desired. He 
passed the trying ordeal safely, and had the regulations 
not required each applicant to have an equal chance for 
the much coveted position, Charles St. Clair would at 
once have been chosen. However, the examination pro- 



116 THE SCENE CHANGES. 

ceeded until the last name on the list was reached, when 
it was universally admitted that Charles St. Clair had 
stood the test, coming up to the required standard, pos- 
sessing in an eminent degree the special qualifications 
necessary to fill the station, in itself one of the utmost 
importance. So it came about he was unanimously 
selected, more to his own than the satisfaction of those 
rejected. 

The examination at length concluded, the clerk of 
the board announced to the successful candidates of 
both branches of the service, seamen and marines, that 
quarters would be assigned them in a large building near 
the docks specially arranged for their accommodation 
and comfort; while all expenses for board and whatever 
else was deemed necessary, would be paid by their 
employer. Yet it must be understood that they were to 
remain under strict surveillance until the ship was in 
readiness to sail, no one of their number in the mean- 
time being permitted to leave his quarters other than bj 
a pass granted by an officer detailed for the purpose of 
looking after their wants; and that under no circum- 
stance or contingency that might arise would they be 
allowed to leave or to go outside the city's limits. 

That these stringent measures were of the utmost 
importance, none could well doubt ; as should entire lib- 
erty be granted, desertions would doubtless become of 
frequent occurrence ; which could not for a moment be 
tolerated, as the vessel was so nearly ready for sea, that 
orders for the crew to go on board might be expected at 
any day. 

Charles St. Clair now breathed easier, for before many 
days should elapse, he hoped to be out of reach of his 
energetic foes. So proceeding to the quarters assigned 
him, he immediately commenced his duties by drawing 
up a roster of crew and marines, and making himself 
thoroughly conversant with the duties pertaining to the 
position of ship's clerk. 

The probable length of time they were to remain in 
their present quarters, was known only to the officials ; 



BUILDING THE CRUISER. 117 

as some little time would doubtless be necessary in 
attending to the various details of preparing the ship for 
sea, placing on board provisions, armament and amuni- 
tion, now as was presumed in full progress ; though as 
to the stage to which it had arrived, no one seemed to 
possess much knowledge. 

The one great thought occupying Herman's mind, 
nearly to the exclusion of all else, was that of inform- 
ing his sister Nelly of his whereabouts. Yes, how much 
he would like to tell her of his adventures! Yet, upon 
reflection, he considered it too hazardous to expose his 
situation to the chances of the post in conveying letters 
to his old Virginia home, so be would defer the good 
news until settled on shipboard ; then, on the eve of 
sailing, he could write with little fear of exposure or 
detection. 



CHAPTER XVII. 

BUILDING THE CRUISER. 

SOME six months prior to the publication of the 
notices in the New York Herald and Charleston 
Mercury, soliciting the recruiting of sailors, marines and 
ship's clerk, an uncommonly large vessel lay on the 
stocks in process of construction at a noted shipyard in 
a Northern seaport. This vessel, of two thousand tons 
burden, was being constructed of the best material that 
could be procured in the whole region of country for 
hundreds of miles round about. Every rib, plank and 
timber was of solid, thoroughly seasoned oak, both 
sound and strong. As the work progressed, the most 
generous wages were paid to the workmen employed. 
At the same time the utmost secrecy was observed as to 
the service in which she was to be employed, as also her 
destination. 

The presumed owner and known contractor, after 



118 BUILDING THE CRUISER. 

thoroughly canvassing the situation, believed he had 
found the right man for sailing-master in the person of 
Jonathan Perkins, a sea captain of excellent reputation, 
acquired by many years of sea experience. He was a 
man some forty-five years of age, and one who would 
undoubtedly fill the position with credit to himself and 
benefit to his employer. 

The captain had retired from sea life some four years 
previous, thinking to spend the remainder of his days 
in the enjoyment of an income, not large, yet deemed 
sufficient for his future needs, acquired by many long 
years on shipboard. Though still in the prime of life, 
he seemed well contented and happy. Yet the ofier of 
the command of a fine ship, together with the most lib- 
eral pay, formed a combination hard to resist. For it 
must be admitted sea life still possessed many charms for 
the captain, more perhaps than he cared to admit. So 
the captain decided to accept the position tendered, 
immediately preparing the notice previously mentioned, 
for publication in both theiVet^ York Herald and Char- 
leston Mercury. 

As before remarked. Captain Perkins was a man of 
some means, possessing an income sufficient for comfort, 
if not luxury, for both himself and an only daughter, 
Bessie, seventeen years of age, whose mother had died 
in the girl's infancy, her father owning a comfortable, 
pleasantly situated little home in the seaport town where 
he had taken up a residence in the early days of married 
life. 

The captain had given his daughter a fair education, 
at least as good as the local schools were caj'able of 
affording; and from having improved these advantages, 
she was in general affairs considered unusually proficient; 
and while not a skilled musician or an especial patron- 
ess of the fine arts, she was an excellent liousekeejier, 
far more gratifying to her father than the so-called 
accomplishments usual to young ladies' seminaries. 

Bessie had seen a good deal of the world, at least fi'om 
a sailor's standpoint, having accompanied her father on 



BUILDING THE CRUISER. 119 

several long voyages to foreign lands, yet she liad never 
met any man for whom she entertained the least feeling 
of sentiment other than friendship. A maiden sister ot 
her father's had taken charge of and brought her up, 
until at the age of ten the captain had taken her with 
him on her first voyage. Since that time she had been 
his companion on many similar voyages, until she was 
nearly as good a sailor as her father ; able to reef a top- 
sail, box the compass, take bearings; in short, should 
occasion demand, she could navigate a ship round the 
world. Yet during the many years of sea going life, the 
education so intelligently pursued in school had not 
remained neglected. Having there laid the foundation, 
afterward helped by her father, it in the end came about 
that the captain would nearly as soon have gone to sea 
without a mate, as to have left Bessie behind. Many 
girls brought up in a similar manner, would have 
acquired boisterous, rough habits. It was not so, how- 
ever, with Bessie; for as her father was an acknowl- 
edged gentleman, she, though in sailor's rig, was in every 
sense a born lady. The man who either desired or 
deserved her esteem, must at all times act the part of a 
gentleman ; and from having few associates of either 
sex, those who aspired to her hand had thus far been 
few. 

Having secured the full complement of seamen and 
marines. Captain Perkins now turned his attention to 
the arming and provisioning the large ship; when find- 
ing it necessary to employ additional clerical help, he 
broached the subject to the newly appointed ship's clerk, 
inviting him to accompany him to the seaport; taking 
station on shipboard in advance of the regularly enlisted 
crew, whose services were supposed to commence only 
when the vessel should be ready for sailing. As nothing 
could have better pleased the young man, as the days 
passed at his lodgings were becoming somewhat monoto- 
nous, the invitation was gratefully accepted ; from which 
fact we now find him an inmate and occupant of a 
pleasant upper room at the captain's house. 



120 BUILDING THE CRUISER, 

Problem : — Given a nice young lady, and a fine, 
gentlemanlike young man, both occupying rooms at the 
same house, seated at the same table, meeting each even- 
ing, what would be the natural result ? Either of two 
things — indifference or mutual affection. 

In the case of these two, the first could not well be 
considered, while the latter at the outset was a self-evi- 
dent truth. For ere a couple of days had passed, tlie 
young lady really and truly believed she had met her 
fate, the one who in any possible event was destined to 
decide her future. 

On his part he thought : " "Was there ever one of the 
opposite sex possessed of a like number of charms, 
feminine graces, and as to personal appearance, such 
exquisite masses of wavy chestnut locks ? And who ever 
saw such heavenly blue eyes ? And as to lips, ye Gods 1 
that — well, what on earth were they made for, unless to 
be kissed ? " 

On their first meeting, Bessie had said to herself, 
" What a fine young man ! " The second, " How gentle- 
manly 1 I think I shall like him." On the third, '* I 
guess I don't care — much — for him," (a sure symptom 
she did), and on each succeeding meeting, '* Whatever 
shall I do without him I " 

With the ship's clerk, 'twas a case of love at first 
sight ; irretrievable, inevitable, as. his heart was truly 
smitten and that deeply ; as he said to himself, " The 
first and only time in my whole life." Under these cir- 
cumstances, what could he do but fall down and worship I 
Aye, and worship he did, with his whole soul and being, 
the lovely, pure minded, fascinating maiden. Yet now 
the question arose, " Does she care for me ? " The 
answer was, " I fear not, else why now so seek to avoid 
my presence, when at the first she seemed anxious to 
court my friendship ? " 

Ah, my boy, little are you aware of the wiles ot 
Mother Eve's daughters, ever the same since so sorely 
tempted in the primeval garden, where the progeni- 
tors of the race fell from their high estate, he to become 



BUILDING THE CRUISER. 121 

a hewer of wood and drawer of water, she to endure a 
curse transmitted to all future generations. 

So it came about a week or so later, tLe young man, 
in the meantime faithfully attending to his various 
duties on shipboard, that both the young people chanced 
to be sitting one beautiful evening in the front porcli, 
conversing on subjects wholly foreign to their inmost 
thoughts, and about which little interest was manifested ; 
until, a lengthy pause ensuing, the silence was abruptly 
broken by Bessie, who, seemingly without premedita- 
tion, suddenly broke out : 

" Mr. St. Clair, were you ever in love ? " Then bethink- 
ing herself, she hid her face in confusion. 

He, startled by the abruptness of the question, 
remained for a few moments in doubt as to a suitable 
answer ; then blusbingly replied : 

*' Why, no — yes — that is to say — once." 

Upon this declaration coming from one on whom her 
thoughts were so closely centred, Bessie hung her head, 
her mind evidently in no happy frame ; then continuing, 
she asked : 

" Was she handsome? or — better perhaps to have said, 
is she handsome ? " 

" Yes, in my eyes, very, very handsome. Not only so, 
but good." 

" How old is the lady ? " inquired Bessie. 

"About seventeen, I should judge, though I've never 
asked her." 

" Are you very much in love with her ? " 

"Yes, I can truly say that my whole heart and soul 
are wholly wrapped up in her! In fact, I may say I 
consider her the most beautiful, charming, fascinating 
little witch I've ever met, and I think — yes, know I shall 
always think so 1 " 

Upon these startling sentiments, Bessie's little loving 
heart nearly ceased its beating, the usual bright rosy 
color forsook her face, and really she seemed about to 
fall in a faint. 

Charles, frightened at the deathlike hue of her couu- 



122 BUILDING THE CRUISER. 

tenance, little understanding the cause of this sudden 
change, cried : 

" Why, Bessie, what — what is the matter ? Have I 
said aught to displease or disturb you ? " 

" Oh ! it's nothing," she replied, " a sudden faintness to 
which I am subject ; possibly a sliyht affection of the 
heart ! " 

So to test her feelings, and get even with her question- 
ing, he in turn interrogated her. 

" Bessie, were you ever in love ? " 

"Most assuredly, sir!" assuming a dignified air. "Do 
you for one momeut suppose that girls of my age do not 
fall in love with the first good-looking gentleman they 
may chance to meet ? Why, sir, I've been in love ever 
since I can remember ! " 

"Possible! Well, Miss Bessie, to come to the point, 
and the one I am most interested to know, are you in 
love at the present time ? " 

" Without a doubt, sir." 

"Is the gen — \X\e fellow good-looking? " 

" Oh 1 my, yes 1 the finest, most gentlemanly person. 
Why, sir, there's no one about here who can hold a 
candle — no, nor even compare with him, in my estima- 
tion! And I will go still further, Mr. St. Clair, I 
believe, in fact know I love him with my whole heart! " 

" Have you given the obnox — the fellow to under- 
stand — that is to say — have you told him of this terrible 
affection ? " 

" Oh ! no, sir ! nothing of the kind ? He's never asked 
me, though I am quite positive he intends doing so some 
of these days; for you see, Mr. St. Clair, he's — 01) ! 
dear, he's so bashful, I sometimes think I'll have to do 
the asking." 

" Well, one more question about this paragon of all 
the virtues under the sun. Do you love him now — as — 
as well as ever ? " 

" Yes, and a thousand times better ! " 

" Is the individual — the vil — aware of this wonderful 
overpowering affection ? " 



PEEPARlNG FOR SEA. 123 

" I don't know, sir, possibly." 

'Twas now tlae young ship's clerk's time to turn pale 
and look frightened, possibly feel faint ; anyhow, the 
tables were nicely turned, and he had yet to learn that 
unsophisticated young gentlemen like himself are no 
match for the girls when they set out to accomplish some 
cherished scheme to which they have given their undi- 
vided attention. Yet he scarcely dared to show his true 
feelings in the presence of one who, now that there was a 
prospect of losing her, was becoming more and more 
dear. So rising from his seat, he said, with an audible 
sigh : 

" Miss Bessie, your father may be needing my services, 
so I will return to the ship," forgetting in his excite- 
ment that no more work would be done until the next 
morning, "so I'll bid you good-evening." 

The moon had risen, casting a flood of yellow light 
about the cottage, set in the midst of cheerful surround- 
ings. While his heart scarcely beat in unison with the 
brilliant scene, he made his way to the dock, where at 
her moorings lay the great ship silently floating on the 
still waters of the harbor. 



CHAPTER XYIII. 

PREPARING FOR SEA. 

ON the following morning, the ship's cle'rk, busily 
engaged in his calling and the several duties 
thereto pertaining, had taken a seat for a few moments' 
rest, when suddenly a hand was laid on his shoulder, 
accompanied with the remark : 

" Well, my boy, as we've now everything in pretty 
fair order and readiness for heaving anchor, I've sent 
word to the seamen and those bloodthirsty marines to 
shake their quarters in town and come aboard in time for 
setting sail to-morrow evening, at which hour I am 



124 PREPARING FOR SEA, 

expecting the surgeon and chaplain; so I think, wind 
and weather in our favor, we will soon be off." 

This piece of news imparted to his young friend by 
Captain Perkins, originated from having received a com- 
munication, postmarked London, on the previous day, 
naming the hour for weighing anchor and standing out 
to sea ; also stating that the executive officer and com- 
mander-in-chief would appear in due time ; yet in any 
event, sail was to be made on the exact day and hour 
stated in the dispatches. 

Upon receipt of the above communication, a perplexing 
thought was suggested to the captain ; which in the 
labor and excitment attending placing the vessel in 
readiness for sailing, had been quite overlooked, striking 
him with much force. It was none other than that his 
daughter Bessie was to be left behind. He would only 
have been too well pleased could she have accompanied 
him on the present voyage, which under ordinary cir- 
cumstances he would have permitted ; but now, owing to 
the uncertainties as to the point of destination and nature 
of service demanded, it was scarcely to be considered. 

After much cogitating and studying the matter over, a 
happy thought at last came to his relief, none other than 
the fact that Mrs. Jeannette Albert, a married sister resid- 
ing in the city of New York, her husband a prosperous 
merchant in affluent circumstances, would he beheved 
be only too glad to have Bessie for a companion, as she 
had no daughter of her own. Why, then, not leave 
Bessie with her? 

With the energetic captain, to think was to act. So 
he was not long in putting the project in shape by inter- 
viewing his daughter, who readily fell into the scheme, 
saying nothing could please her better. While it grieved 
her poor heart sorely at the thought of being so long 
separated from her father, at the same time parting from 
a lover, she readily acquiesced, at once making the nec- 
essary preparations to carry it into effect. So this 
troublous affair satisfactorily adjusted, the captain vig- 
orously pushed on his work with a much lighter heart. 



PREPARING FOR SEA. 125 

The following day witnessed the arrival of the ship's 
crew and marines, together with the chaplain and sur- 
geon, all of whom took up their quarters on board the 
vessel. 

In tlie meantime, the ship's clerk determined to test 
his fate by asking Bessie if her love for him might not 
be brought to outweigh that for the other misguided 
mortal. So tea over, he proposed a walk, wliich being 
readily agreed to, the lovers strolled out to a piece of 
woods some distance away, where they were soon seated 
under the widespreading branches of a towering oak. 

Both were silent for a time. Then Charles said : 

" Bessie," at the same time taking a willing hand, " I 
told you I had loved a most charming lady. I spoke 
the truth, for I love her still. I also said she was hand- 
some, that she possessed a warm heart, true, loving and 
good, one well worthy the affection of any honest man. 
In telling you this, I can at the same time solemnly 
affirm I have not in the least changed my mind, nor 
have I told you her name. I need not — you know it 
already. The one and only love of my heart, the first 
to awaken sentiments of genuine affection, in the full sig- 
nificance of its meaning in which I now speak, sits by my 
side. Yes, Bessie, you are the one for whom I before 
confessed that love, and I can truly say the only one to 
whom I've ever given a thought other than in friend- 
ship, save my dear sister Nelly." 

Upon hearing these generous, noble sentiments, so 
warmly expressed by her lover, Bessie's heart gave a 
great bound, joy illumined her countenance, her eyes 
beamed with delight ; then, looking fearlessly to his 
face, she threw her arms round his neck, and with tears 
coursing down her cheeks, pillowed her head on his 
shoulder. 

The young man had his answer, a thousand times more 
impressive than words ; and, clasping her in his strong 
arms, the first kiss was imprinted on her lips — the kiss 
of pure affection. Misunderstandings were now at an 
end, nothing barring the way to mutual happiness. 



126 PREPARING FOR SEA. 

Bessie now explained to him the arrangements made 
by her father, that she was to go to her aunt's home in 
New York. 

" Oh ! " she murmured, " my love, you will come back 
to me soon? " 

Though now young, when life's romance is at its best, 
when one's pathway is strewn with roses, no height is too 
lofty to be unattained, no difficulty too great to remain 
uiisurmounted, no ambition too high to remain uncon- 
quered. How little either dreamed of the long separa- 
tion in store, of the agonized waiting, of the sunshine 
and storm, of the weary hopeless longing, while the 
heart grows sick with hope deferred, and gray hairs 
thickly sprinkled mingle in the now sunny locks, of the 
many long years of dreary suspense which must elapse 
ere they should again bask in the sunlight of love! 

" Hope, the anchor of the soul," the harbinger of 
joys to come, a ready helper as youth advances and is 
succeeded by maturer years, old age and decrepitude ; 
and the prospect of a happy future, however slight, 
buoyed the lovers up in this their hour of supreme 
content; heart beating to heart, uniting them in silken 
bonds of mutual esteem, yielding promise of enduring 
felicity. 

As it was necessary for all to be stirring at an 
early hour, the young lover retired to rest, sleeping, 
dreaming, visions of his sweet Bessie floating through 
his drowsy imagination; while she, hopeful and strong, 
yet sorrowed at the thought of the long, separation. 

Eising at break of day, breakfast under the skilled 
hands of Bessie was soon prepared. Then seated at the 
table, the voyage was discussed ; its probable duration, 
destination and object, all was talked over without any 
definite conclusion being reached. 

But time was hastening with rapidly flying wings. 
Much was yet to be done in preparation for weighing 
anchor at the appointed hour, so Captain Perkins left in 
company with his skilled assistant, to finish and clear up 
the remainder of the work. 



PREPARING FOR SEA. 127 

At last the long looked for hour of sailing approached, 
the captain active, alert, overlooking the huge ship, 
scanning each detail, that no time might be wasted at the 
moment of sailing. 

Leaving their home in charge of a middle-aged 
couple, in whom they placed the most implicit confi- 
dence; resulting from an acquaintance dating back many 
years, our friends entered a barouche and were soon 
driven to the dock, where swung the proud ship destined 
to bear the young maiden to her new home, her father 
and lover to unknown seas. 

At a signal from the captain, the sailors took station, 
some in readiness to cast off, others at the capstan to 
weigh anchor, while the rest below and aloft, awaited the 
command to spread the broad white sails to the favoring 
breeze. 

Now the ship moves majestically seaward with yards 
squared and flag, banner and bunting lowered to the 
deck. The stout tug casts off, heading for port. " All 
sail set ! " reports the executive officer. The watch is 
told off", the officers repair to their quarters, and the 
captain, ship's clerk and Bessie alone remain on deck. 
Tlie former is vigorously puffing at his pipe, while cast- 
ing his eyes about and aloft that nothing may be want- 
ing in sail or rope ; the two latter, hand in hand, gaze 
longingly on the shores just left, perchance never to 
set eyes on them again, their beloved home only a far 
away memory. 

The ship soon reached the harbor and port of New 
York. Captain Perkins, accompanied by his daughter 
and the ship's clerk, went ashore, ordered a hack, and 
were at once driven to the residence of Mrs. Jeannette 
Albert, Bessie's aunt, where she was received with open 
arms and demonstrations of good will, tending in large 
measure to set the captain's mind at rest in regard to 
his daughter's welfare during his prolonged absence. 

Taking his sisier aside, the captain informed her of 
his intentions as to leaving his daughter in her care, 
expressing the hope she would not be too much care and 



128 PREPARING FOR SEA. 

trouble. Being assured by his kind sister that he need 
have little fear but that Bessie would be taken good care 
of, and that she was only too happy to have the young 
girl with her, the captain felt he could now depart easy 
in mind. 

On the preceding day, while on board ship, Bessie's 
lover had detailed a full account of his past life. After 
describing the place of his birth, enlarging on tlie beau- 
tiful home on the banks of the Eappahannock, he told 
her of his brave sister Nelly, declaring that to her 
thoughtfulness, intelligence and energy, he was indebted 
for liis life. He told her that he was the only son and 
heir of the Hon. Thomas Baxter, a leading citizen of the 
old Virginia commonwealth. The colored servants, 
including Mara Cloe, his nurse from infancy ; Hector, the 
aged, faithful preacher, of unbounded influence for good 
over his little flock, all came in for a due share and full 
meed of praise. 

While all this might well be considered as uncommonly 
interesting and pleasing, Bessie's astonishment knew no 
bounds when he related his college adventures and sub- 
sequent career ; the vile charges laid against him, the 
imprisonment, trial, condemnation, and almost execution ; 
his narrow escape through the intervention and conni- 
vance of his sister ; his subsequent flight and intercep- 
tion of the sheriff's posse ; the heroic part played by his 
attached and " never to be forgotten friend," the mule ; 
his after journeyings to the city of New York, there 
meeting her father, through whom he secured the situa- 
tion on board ship. " And all the rest, Bessie," said he, 
"you already know." 

While paying the closest attention to all that her lover 
had said, Bessie never for a moment questioned its truth 
or his innocence, nor the imminence of the peril to which 
he must necessarily be subjected until on shipboard and 
well out to sea ; yet she averred ; 

" The story seems like a fairy tale ! " 

" With the fairies left out," said Herman. 

Bessie now felt not only willing, but anxious that lie 



THE WOUNDED LIEUTENANT. 129 

should leave lier ; for whatsoever was for his good she 
fully trusted, never for one instant doubting, yet trem- 
bling for his safety ; for her loyal little heart, true as steel, 
never wavered or departed from its integrity. Said she : 

" Herman, for by this name I must now call you, my 
darling, you are now more than ever endeared to me. 
Yes, far more than before you told me this strange tale. 
The trials you have encountered, the hardships you have 
so heroically borne, have shown me your truly noble 
character, and I can now better appreciate the treasure 
I've won. Now trust me when I afl&rm, for weal or woe, 
suffering or danger, I am yours, yours alone, yours for- 
ever ! " 

The time for parting at last came, and clasping each 
other in one long, fond embrace, adieus were spoken, the 
last farewell kiss exchanged. 



CHAPTER XIX. 

THE WOUNDED LIEUTENANT. 

I SAY, Surgeon Bromley, how do you find the 
young fellow this morning ? Pretty bad, eh ? " 

" Well, yes, Colonel, got a bad cut in the left lung, 
and a ragged slash in the thigh, hemorrhage fearful." 

"What are the chances. Doctor? Think he'll pull 
through ? " 

" Chances, Colonel ? About one in ten, I should say. 
Might possibly shade it a little. As to pulling through, 
first, weather's hot as tophet, sir- — and that's against him. 
Second, in his favor, good general health, strong constitu- 
tion — and then, too, he's young. Why, Colonel, he's only 
twenty-four. Comes of a long-lived family ; fighting 
stock, and good blood." 

" Well,Bromley, honestly speaking,! wouldn't have had 
this thing happen for a month's pay. In the first place, 
it delays us in getting off, and then, in my opinion, it 



130 THE WOUNDED LIEUTENANT. 

don't give the regiment a first rate send off, see ? Yet, 
in any event, we must start not later tLan eight this 
evening, for the governor tells me he's received a des- 
patch from Beauregard, saying, ' Tell Emberly to hurry 
up that crack cavalry of his, as we're likely to have a 
brush at most any day.' So, Bromley, I think you'd 
better stay by Blanch ard for a week or so. By that 
time he'll likely be on the road to recovery, or as he 
says, ' petered out.' " 

" That's true. Colonel. Yes, I think that will be the 
better way. But let me say to you that Steele's the 
right sort, and if he don't come out of his first fight a 
captain, you can set me down as a false prophet. The 
fellow wasn't one bit to blame in that affair, if I've heard 
the right of it, and so you'll find when you come to look 
the matter up. Why, do you know, 'twas all about that 
girl of Judge Foster's. She's handsome as an angel and 
as fickle and full of the devil as — well, she'd make any 
man want to fight his grandmother, if tbe venerable lady 
stood in his way. That's what they all say, anyhow. 
That Blanchard's been sweet on the girl for a long time 
we all know. I did hear they were engaged. Then 
this Steele came along. He's a Yirginian, and deuced 
good-looking and all that, a mighty fine fellow to boot." 

"Well, Doctor, we must court-martial the fellow at 
all events — for the good of the service, you know — and 
as it won't take long to get through with it, I'll give 
orders for court to meet at four sharp. But, Bromley, do 
the best you can for Blanch ard. Men who are so ready to 
fight for the girl they love^ won't be likely to show the 
white feather when they meet the Yanks. No, we can't 
afford to lose that kind of stock, except maybe in bat- 
tle. But, Doctor, how is the general health of the regi- 
ment? Are any on the sick list? " 

" Only three or four. Colonel, and they are more home- 
sick than anything else I expect, though some may be 
a trifle faint-hearted, realizing it ain't going to be a pic- 
nic. In fact, some of the boys have begun to take it in 
that fighting's the main object in this business, and the 



THE WOUNDED LIEUTENANT. 181 

most of them will turn out pretty good pluck, I imag- 
ine." 

" Well," replied the colonel, " get them round. I 
don't want to leave any behind. I would rather take 
the field with a full regiment. By the way, Doctor, they 
say I've got the finest cavalry in the Confederate service, 
and if they don't make their mark on the ' Blue Jackets' 
— but I must be going, as I've a host of things to see 
to before we leave, so I'll say good-morning." 

Then summoning an orderly, he sent word to the 
quartermaster for transportation to be ready at eight 
o'clock. 

Four o'clock, the hour set for the examination by 
court-martial of Lieutenant Duke Steele, had now arrived. 
The judge-advocate, clerk of court, Colonel Eichard 
Emberly, together with Carrie Foster, as principal, 
and really the only witness, and a large number of spec- 
tators were present. 

The charge brought against Lieutenant Steele was 
none other than that of attacking and seriously wound- 
ing a brother officer without provocation. The charge 
being read by the clerk, the lieutenant pleaded not 
guilty. 

The only spectator present at the scene of combat, 
Carrie Foster, being sworn, testified to the insult given 
by Lieutenant Blanchard, immediately followed by an 
attack. She averred that Steele, instead of being 
the aggressor, simply acted on the defensive; thus 
the blow causing his antagonist to fall senseless could 
not well have been avoided, as otherwise he would hav^ 
been left wholly at Blanchard's mercy, and his life in 
the most imminent peril. 

The above facts clearly substantiated by the beautiful 
and doubtless truthful witness, whose testimony was 
taken for what it would seem naturally worth when 
coming from so high a source. Lieutenant Steele wad not 
only honorably acquitted, but restored to his former rank. 
Meantime admitting to the court that no ill-feelings were 
entertained by him against his wounded comrade. 



132 THE WOUNDED LIEUTENANT. 

Tims an affair promising at one time results of a most 
serious character, was settled amicably to all save one 
of those most interested, now lying in a dangerous ill- 
ness. 

The time set for the departure of the regiment now 
approached. Thousands of Montgomery's citizens throng 
the railway station ; multitudes from the adjacent coun- 
try block the avenues ; large numbers from distant por- 
tions of the State, friends, sons, brothers, sweethearts and 
lovers of the "Boys in Gray," so soon to leave; their 
thoughts heavy with memories of the past, and minds 
filled with dread forebodings of the future ; while others 
look on in careless attitude, attracted by the novel spec- 
tacle and wishing to say good-bye. 

Now the governor of the State, followed by a brilliant 
staff", appears riding leisurely down the thronged street, 
the ringing cheers and loud hurrahs of the multitude ris- 
ing in tumultuous applause and joyous acclaim in greet- 
ing to the chief magistrate of proud, wealthy Alabama. 
In short, the city seems fairly alive, and swarming with 
anxious citizens and expectant countrymen, all eager for 
a glimpse of the most noted personageof the great com- 
monwealth ; the lads and young men in open-mouthed 
wonder ; the lasses, young maidens, middle-aged women 
and venerable grandmothers ; the former in bright, the 
last in dim-eyed though unconcealed admiration, when 
for the first time beholding a figure of such exalted sta- 
ion; while each housetop and open window is filled with 
eager onlookers, scanning with curious glances the long 
files of soldiers in brilliant panoply, as marching by in ser- 
ried column, each lifts a cap in token of farewell. Every 
car window and door is framed with face of lover and 
sweetheart, who with words of comfort, looks of affec- 
tion and love, cheered the departing, many of whom 
would never again be seen by friend or lover; their last 
resting-place a little brown hillock, away down in some 
Virginia forest glen or lonely hillside where perchance 
they fell, offering a life in defence of the land they loved 
so well. 



JOURNFY TO THE CAPITAL. 133 

Anon the sharp toued bell signals the moving of the 
heavy train, the conductor shouts " all aboard," the ear- 
piercing steam whistle sounds forth one shrill prolonged 
farewell, and amid the waving of handkerchiefs, clap- 
ping of hands and cheers of spectators, the long train 
moves slowly away, its speed rapidly increasing, until 
fading, growing each moment less, it is at last lost to 
view. The masses standing silent, spellbound, waiting, 
watching ; then, with one simultaneous sob, turn their 
steps homeward, sorrowing thus to part with the loved 
ones ; who, in turn, cast many backward glances on 
scenes and faces to many hereafter a memory only For 
the south bound trains would ere a few short days have 
passed, bear to their sorrowing hearts the story of a 
great battle fought. Aye, won — yet at what a costly 
sacrifice I For many of those brave spirits who had so 
lately left them, strong in hope and high in ambition, 
would now be lying under a heaped up mound, on 
Manassas' plain, no marble shaft or chiseled urn to 
mark their last lone resting-place. 



CHAPTER XX. 

JOURNEY TO THE CAPITAL. 

REACHING the vicinity of the Confederate Capital, 
lately transferred to Eichmond, after a journey 
of nearly three days, the regiment went into camp, when 
after a days' rest, they took up their daily drill. 

The long journey to army head-quarters had been 
made under most favorable and happy auspices, in fact a 
'triumphal march ; for each city, village, hamlet, or sim- 
ple way station through which the regiment passed, was 
in each instance thronged with people from the country 
round about ; gatliered to give them " God speed," thus 
with kind words cheering them on their way. Truly, a 
royal welcome greeted them on every hand, while tables 



134 JOURNEY TO THE CAPITAL. 

loaded with choicest viands, food prepared and luxuries 
provided, were freely offered and generously placed at 
their disposal. Great bonfires gleamed from the neigh- 
boring hilltops, the boom of cannon thundered joyous 
acclaim. 

Ladies, too, were there, young and old, the bright eyes 
of the former, the affectionate smiles and hearty greet- 
ings of all lending an additional charm to the efforts 
soon to be put forth in their behalf, bearing sure evi- 
dence to the high appreciation of the heroic sacrifices 
the " Boys in Gray," the defenders of land and home, 
were now making, on the way to field of battle. 

The war was new, its glittering pomp and glorious cir- 
cumstance were new. No one of all the hosts gathered, 
had beheld a scene like this; one that warmed the 
heart, stirred the blood, filling eacli sense with an emo- 
tion rare and strange. Thus each onlooker went to his 
home with a better defined opinion, a wider apprehen- 
sion of its meaning — the meaning of war. 

Eegiments, foot, horse and artillery, were rapidly mov- 
ing and hourly approaching the Confederate Capital 
now fairly taking on a warlike aspect. General Beaure- 
gard, active, alert, vigilant, at the head of the magnifi- 
cent array, so rapidly augmenting in numbers, was ener- 
getically striving to place his untrained legions on a 
complete war footing. Nothing seemed to escape the 
eye of the great leader. The most insignificant detail 
was noticed as he rode, accompanied by his brilliantly 
accoutred staff, along the lines ; visiting each corps, 
division, brigade and regiment ; until at last he arrived at 
the camp of the First Alabama Black Horse Cavalry, 
Colonel Richard Emberly, commanding, who had drawn 
up his regiment in line in honor of the noted chief. 

General Beauregard was at once most favorably im- 
pressed with its nobel bearing, evident intelligence, the 
uncommon beauty of the steeds, elegant elaborate uni- 
forms and accoutrements of both officers and men. His 
face wore a heightened color, his eye beamed with 
delight ; his intuitive, cultivated intellect spoke. 



JOURNEY TO THE CAPITAL. 185 

" If our soldiers were all like these, what could the 
Yankees expect but defeat ! " 

In full uniform, his brilliant staff about him, he rode 
to the side of Colonel Emberly, who greeted him with 
the accustomed military salute. General Beauregard, 
introducing each member of his staff, warmly congratu- 
lated the colonel on the fine appearance of his regiment, 
remarking : 

" I trust, Colonel, when the time arrives for action, they 
will not belie their appearance," which was succeeded by 
the laconic reply, " General, they will do their duty." 

Now came rumors that the Federal Army, seventy- 
five thousand strong, gathered about the National Capi- 
tal, are about to move, the rallying cry " On to Eich- 
mond." 

These rumors authenticated, General Beauregard put 
his legions in motion ; when soon after, near the moun- 
tains of Bull Eun and on the plains of Manassas, they 
were met by the Union forces in a clash resounding 
throughout the civilized world. 

The Federal forces, numbering seventy-five thousand 
infantry, cavalry and artillery, imder General McDowell, 
the largest warlike body ever before assembled under 
one leader on the American Continent, broke camp at 
the National Capital on the twentieth day of July, 1861, 
in the full expectation of camping in the streets of Eich- 
mond at an early day. 

Twenty miles away, the nearest point reached, a few 
days later, the grand army were to be seen in the rear 
of the secure entrenchments so lately left with enthusi- 
asm and hope — the forward march imagining triumph, 
the retrograde despondency and lost hope — for in the 
interim, Beauregard's hosts had risen up a wall of fire, 
thus opposing their progress. 

A few hours subsequent to the commencement of this 
memorable engagement, the First Alabama Cavalry was 
ordered to make a flank movement on a part of the Fed- 
eral line, some distance away to the right, in the hope 
of separating the detachment from the main line. 



136 JOURNEY TO THE CAPITAL. 

Upon receipt of the order, Colonel Emberly sprang to 
horse, the trumpet sounded " Boots and Saddles," when 
the boys mounted and were away. After a couple of 
hours' riding they came upon the enemy, who, proving 
a larger body of infantry than was expected, and being 
warned of the approach of cavalry, formed in hollow 
square, presenting a solid front at all points of gleaming 
steel, thus awaiting the onset. It came ! 

Now a battery on a distant hillside opens with shot 
and shell, tearing through the ranks, laying many a 
noble steed and brave rider in the dust. 

At this moment, a bursting shell killed Captain 
Shields, mortally wounded Lieutenant Barnes, second in 
command of the company of Duke Steele, who, now 
becoming senior officer, took command, putting himself 
at its head. 

Thus was fulfilled the prophecy of Surgeon Bromley : 
" Lieutenant Steele will be made captain in his first 
battle." 

This charge of the First Alabama Cavalry, while bold 
in conception and brilliant in execution, was nevertheless 
unsuccessful ; for the Federal columns, standing firm, 
opposed a front and force which could neither be over- 
come nor thrust aside. Shot and shell from the hillside 
swept through their ranks, and, fighting like warriors, 
they struggled and died like heroes. 

Colonel Emberly, as also Captain Steele, fought side 
by side, until finding the battle lost, retreat was sounded 
and they regretfully left the field. 

In this charge, a number of the men were slain, and 
still more wounded, who fell into the enemy's hands ; 
while Captain Steele, after the loss of two horses, 
advanced on foot at the head of his command, and woe 
to the foe who came within reach of his blade! 

The unerring judgment displayed on the field, coupled 
with his gallant bearing, won the plaudits of his com- 
mander ; who, in private dispatches to the governor, 
eulogized him in such high terms, at the same time 
recommending him for promotion, that a commission 



JOURNEY TO THE CAPITAL. 137 

was at once forwarded to him, accompanied by the 
warmest expressions of esteem from the governor, with 
the hope that his life might long be spared to his friends 
and country. 

The hours wear on and still the battle rages. Soon 
cheer on cheer rings out on the sultry air of this heated 
July day, now so rapidly waning, the sun in a cloudless 
sky sinking low in the heavens. The Confederates, 
hardly pressed, fall back ; the Unionists jubilant, victory 
assured, advance. Yet stay I What means that dense 
cloud in the distance, which, rising high, still higher in 
the stagnant heated atmosphere, obscures every sign of 
Hfe or motion? Still approaching, comiug near, yet 
nearer, until from out its shadow, rising and falling in 
graceful folds, behold a banner, announcing reinforce- 
ments — for whom ? Still nearer they come, until the 
heavy cloud rising, displays to the astonished and fright- 
ened gaze of the victor, long serried columns of gray. 
Their burnished arms catching the rays of the declining 
sun, reflect a light in warning to the Federal arms, of 
disheartenment— defeat. 

The scene now changes, a transformation as by magic. 

Tired, weary, worn, thirsty, longing for a cooling 
drink, faint from long fasting, the late victorious forces 
waver, turn, fall back — retreat — the retreat a rout — the 
rout a panic, until even the drivers of the massed trains 
catch the infection. Sutlers, vivandieres, camp followers, 
civilians, spectators of the day's struggle, all turn, flee- 
ing affrighted. Pandemonium reigns! The wounded 
are trampled under foot, the dead crushed to an unseemly 
mass. 

Now away yonder to the right, in one unbroken line, 
mounted men appear. With banners fluttering in the 
evening breeze, foam flying from the flanks of the 
swiftly ridden steeds, they charge down on the shattered 
and broken ranks of the Federals, the commander. Col- 
onel Emberly, in the lead, cheering on his brave follow- 
ers. At his side rides Captain Duke Steele, who, wav- 
ing his sword aloft, charges the dense ranks of the 



138 JOURNEY TO THE CAPITAL. 

affrighted and fleeing soldiery ; who, shouting in terror- 
stricken tones the cry " The Black Horse Cavalry," give 
way to their fears, laying down their arms in surrender. 

The scene that now follows beggars description. 
Sorely wounded soldiers crawl away to some obscure 
friendly shelter, there to yield up their lives, with no 
consoling hand to wipe the death damp from fevered 
brow, or soothe with cheering word the last agony ; 
while others, foot sore, struggle on as best they may in 
scattered column. Commanders in vain attempt to stay 
the tide of retreat, expostulating, entreating, threatening 
even, but flesh and blood can stand no more I 

The " Boys in Blue," many of whom had never known 
a day of fatigue, but a few short hours before had taken 
up the line of march from, the nation's proud capital, 
bright, cheery, hopeful, banners flying in the breeze, 
drums beating, bands playing, the way enlivened by 
song, jest and story. Now, dusty, weary, disheartened, 
they take their way back, gloom settling on every brow ; 
while the sad story of defeat flashes forth to city, ham- 
let and town, telling of wounds and the death of the 
loved ones who so lately went forth from the protection 
of home and fireside, the sheltering arms of father, 
mother, sister or sweetheart, while many a Avail of 
anguish goes up on this night from fond loving hearts in 
those far away New England homes. 

Government officials, legislators, journalists, men of 
note in every walk of life, who on that eventful day had 
ridden to the sanguinary field, some in grand turnouts, 
barouche or more common hack, others on horseback, 
pedestrians, all now mixed up in the general confusion 
and rout, turn back with sinking hearts and sad fore- 
boding. 

Is this an overdrawn picture? Go with me to the 
cemetery or lonely burial ground of many a hamlet, city 
or town in our land, and there behold the silent witness, 
a tablet " erected to the memory " of some brave soul 
whose bright young life went out on that fateful July 
day 



JOURNEY TO THE CAPITAL. 139 

The victorious Confederates again take up the line of 
march, returning to their ahnost deserted capital. A 
royal welcome and joyful greeting is extended, the days 
given up to rejoicing, the nights to feast and mirth. 
Bright eyes beam with renewed light as they gaze on 
the happy faces of the "Boys in Gray" and tread the 
broad avenues of the Confederate Capital, bands play- 
ing the march of victory, while shout on shout, cheer 
after cheer go up from the thousands gathered to wit- 
ness the return and give welcome to the brave defenders 
of home and State. Banners and bunting float from 
mast-head, house-top and window, scores of brazen 
mouthed guns echo in thunder tones from hillside and 
plain a welcome, while from church tower and steeple 
ring out loud and clear joyous notes of victory won. 

The First Alabama Cavalry passing through the main 
street of Richmond, on the occasion of a grand review 
of all the Confederate forces of the Army of Northern 
Virginia, in honor of the governor of the State, together 
with the heads of Government departments, attracted 
general attention and universal admiration. Their soldi- 
erly bearing, superb uniforms, magnificent coal black 
steeds, won the plaudits of the large assembly gathered 
to witness the brilliant pageant, as also to manifest their 
appreciation of the services of the army in winning 
the late severe contest when opposed by such an over- 
whelming force. 

Riding at the head of his company. Captain Steele is 
pointed out by many of his admirers as the heau ideal 
soldier, and also the hero of the late battle. The men 
who had followed him to the death, fought by his side, 
willingly bore testimony to his courage, fearlessness, and 
good judgment displayed on the field of battle, and were 
now ready to follow wheresoever he might lead. 

As a man he was admired, as a soldier loved. For 
where the fire was hottest, where shot and shell fell 
thickest, there was he ever to be found, seemingly bear- 
ing a charmed life ; for where others fell like leaves in 
the autumn gale, he passed unscathed. 



140 ILLNESS OF LIEUTENANT BLANCHARD. 



CHAPTER XXI. 

ILLNESS OF LIEUTENANT BLANCHARD. 

LIEUTENANT CYRIL BLANCHARD, at his 
home in far away Montgomery, enduring untold 
tortures, hovering many days between life and death, the 
intense summer heat, with scarcely one cooling breeze, 
adding greatly to his sufterings, was certainly an object 
to be pitied. 

Surgeon Bromley had faithfully remained at his bed- 
side the allotted time. Then receiving word of the 
impending battle, and becoming impatient of the enforced 
restraint, he had called to his assistance a brother prac- 
titioner, resigning his patient to his charge. He took a 
hasty departure for the field of blood and carnage, where 
he could indulge his love for amputating limbs and 
extracting bullets to his heart's content. Yet it cannot 
well be doubted his coming was hailed with delight by 
those of the regiment who were aware of his great skill, 
well knowing it would soon be required. 

Upon the leave-taking by Lieutenant Steele of the 
judge's daughter, it was mutually agreed a correspond- 
ence should be kept up and letters written as frequently 
as circumstances would permit, which on his part might 
not be often, consequent upon his military duties. So, 
immediately upon the regiment reaching head-quarters, 
he wrote, telling of his safe arrival and the incidents 
connected with it, together with such other matters as 
were deemed of interest, notably the ovations given to 
the regiment on the route, all of which he presumed 
would be pleasing to the lady. 

At the close of his first battle, he again wrote, ignor- 
ing in large measure the important part he had taken, 
yet giving the Black Horse Cavalry the credit their due 



ILLNESS OF LIEUTENANT BLANCH ARD 141 

in an engagement terminating so gloriously to the Con- 
federate arras. Yet one fact was not overlooked in 
the letter, his promotion on the field owing to the fall 
of his senior in command. At the same time, while 
extolling the deeds of his comrades, he made light of his 
own. 

To both of these letters, Carrie replied in terms of 
affection, though not especially warm. 

Again he wrote. This letter was not answered for a 
considerable length of time, and then in a decidedly cool 
manner. To the next no answer was received. Later 
ones sharing a like fate, the captain, rack his brains as 
he might, could arrive at no satisfactory conclusion. 
The solution was, however, an easy matter, and just 
what he should have expected. 

That Carrie Foster was an exceedingly beautiful and 
fascinating girl, no one could well question ; that she 
was fickle and unscrupulous, winning hearts more for the 
pleasure of giving pain than from any warm feeling or 
generous sentiment, few could deny, as numerous con- 
fiding souls would testify ; and while she entertained as 
much genuine affection for the handsome young officer 
as she had for her admirers in the past, her afiections 
were exceedingly evanescent. "Out of sight, out of 
mind," was a characteristic feature in her case. So the 
neglect in answering the letters of Captain Duke Steele 
came about in this manner: 

One hot sultry afternoon, scarcely a breath of air stir- 
ring, the sun one glare of fire, beating in remorseless 
fury on the heated parched earth, no cloud to shield its 
seething rays, no bird warbling from bush or tree, no 
sound save the beating wing of some busy bee in its 
rapid flight, or rasping insect in the shad}^ covert, Lieu- 
tenant Blanch ard sent a message to Carrie, entreating 
her to come and spend a little time by his sick bed, as 
he had neither seen nor heard from her since the night of 
the affray so nearly ending his life. In the early stage 
of liis illness, a great longing had come over him to be 
with his regiment. For brave, courageous and fearless, 



142 ILLNESS OF LIEUTENANT BLANCHARD. 

lie wanted to be riding side by side with his comrades 
in tlie heat and strife of battle. Yet now sick, faint, 
weary, his heart went ont to the girl whom he still 
loved. 

Carrie received the message from the hand of a col- 
ored servant, who in explanation said : 

" Marse Cyril am berry bad, an' don' want to see Missy 
Carrie berry 'ticlar. Don' yo' com' Missy ? " 

"Yes, Ginger," she replied, "you may tell 'Marse 
Cyril ' I'll come directly." 

So hastening to don a light wrap, " Missy Carrie " soon 
stood at the bedside of her lover; when seeing him 
lying, pale, haggard, helpless and nearly hopeless, a great 
wave of sorrow mingled with pity surged through her 
heart. 

With all her faults, Carrie Foster had one redeeming 
trait — though few had as yet come to the surface — 
sorrow, and compassion for the suffering. Fickle as 
the wind though she might be, thoroughly selfish 
and unscrupulous as she undoubtedly was, her heart 
softened when thus looking on her old lover — he 
whom she had so encouraged, led on to believe in 
her —now lying in this wretchedly sad condition, at 
the same well knowing this trouble had fallen on him 
through his supreme love for her. The impetuous 
maiden fell to the floor at his- bedside, tears raining 
down her face. Then taking his thin wasted hands in 
her warm clasp, she murmured : 

"Cyril, can you forgive me? Oh ! my darling, take 
me back to your heart, all unworthy as I am. For, Cyril, 
I am yours and yours only ! " 

Throwing his weakened arm about her, drawing her 
to his side and imprinting a kiss on her lips, Cyril, in a 
feeble voice, said : 

" My darling, I do forgive you. The great over- 
whelming joy of having you again with me almost com- 
pensates me for all I've suffered. Yes, Carrie, come 
back to me, be to me as you once were, and the past — 
it is already forgiven, so shall it be forgotten." 



ILLNESS OF LIEUTENANT BLANCHARD. 143 

Thus she sat by his sick bed the long afternoon, fan* 
ning his fevered brow, bathing the throbbing temples, 
giving hira sedative draughts, and on each succeeding 
day, tended him with tlie same care as a mother a sick 
child. 

From this hour, the lieutenant began to mend, until 
at the end of a few weeks he had so far recovered as to 
sit up for an hour or two each day. 

****** 

Standing in front of his tent, engaged in conversation 
with Surgeon Bromley, just as the sun was dropping 
behind a range of distant hills at the close of a sliort 
mid-winter day, the eyes of Colonel Emberly were 
attracted to and rested on the figure of a man riding 
leisurely in the direction of his quarters. A young man 
of not only fine but distinguished appearance, in the 
uniform of a Confederate cavalry officer, approached. 
Bringing his steed to a hault near to where the colonel 
and surgeon were standing, he saluted them, extending 
a hand to each, laconically remarking: 

" Well, Colonel, here I am ! You don't seem to rec- 
ognize me, for months of illness I well know have sadly 
changed my appearance ; but I could stay away no 
longer, and have come to take my place with the boys 
in the regiment. What, don't know me yet? Have I 
indeed become so different a man that my best friends 
fail to recognize me ? That — but say, Doctor, you don't 
go back on me, on Cyril Blanchard, whom you left six 
months or more since, wounded, almost dying? " 

"Bless my soul! " ejaculated the surgeon, upon hear- 
ing the name of the young lieutenant. The good doc- 
tor's surprise and astonishment knew no bounds. Grasp- 
ing the hand of the lieutenant, crying ; " Is it, can it 
be possible I hold the hand of Cyril Blanchard — that he 
now stands before me in the flesh? Ain't no spirit, 
Blanchard, are you ?" Then to the colonel, who stood 
with eyes wide open, not as yet saying a word : " Mir- 
acles, Colonel ! Heretofore, Bible miracles I've never 



144 ILLNESS OF LIEUTENANT BLANCHARD. 

taken much stock in, but 'pon my soul I I must admit 
I now believe. For here's this young fellow I wouldn't 
have staked the chance of cutting oft' a leg on, to all ap- 
pearance, I was going to say, alive and well, though I'll 
take part of that back, now I come to look closer; for 
while I'rfi assured he's alive, he's far from strong ; 
though as far as being well goes, he's a little too peaked 
for that yet awhile, but there's lots o' fight in him yet. 
Yes, I'll bet high on that, providing there's a girl back 
of him. Well, my boy, glad to see you, 'pon my word 
I am, and here's my hand on't." 

"Well, Doctor," replied the young officer, good natur- 
edly, " well or no well, you haven't run out of gab yet, 
and if you still make the blood run fast as you talk, 
why excuse me from getting in your hands again." 

" Aye," now spoke the colonel, thinking there was a 
chance to get a word in, as the doctor seemed out of 
wind, " truly glad to both see and welcome you. I am 
really, and while you are changed in looks, a few weeks' 
campaigning will bring you around all right again, the 
color to your cheek, light to your eye, and courage to 
the heart, though the latter I don't believe you lack." 

"Courage, Colonel, why, that's at white heat already. 
What it may be when charging with my comrades in 
battle — well, we shall see." 

" I'll take the chances, Blanchard," said the colonel, 
"but we must look up quarters for you. Here 
Euripides" — to his servant — "take Lieutenant Blan- 
ch ard's baggage. I say. Sergeant, is there not a spare 
tent at the quartermaster's ? Go and see, and tell him to 
send it immediately. — Now, Euripides, take charge of 
the lieutenant's baggage and tell orderly Jim to see to 
it that the officer's horse is well cared for. He looks 
tired, and you, Blanchard — well, I've seen giants that 
were stouter than you look." 

" Well, Colonel, I've had a pretty hard time of it, 
worn down rather thin I presume , but I couldn't stay 
away from the boys longer, because 3''ou see it was get- 
ting awfully monotonous. Quiet as the grave at Mont- 



ILLNESS OF LIEUTENANT BLANCHARD. 145 

gomery, everybody gone to war, except women and 
children. A few old men left though, and some of the 
old felldws wouldn't object to shouldering a musket and 
strapping a knapsack if they thought they could be of 
the least service." 

" No, I presume not," said the colonel, " and by the 
way, Blanchard, we may have need of them yet." 

Meeting Captain Steele shortly after Lieutenant Blan- 
chard's arrival, the colonel mentioned the fact, adding: 

" I was really glad to see him, and believe him at 
heart a thoroughly good fellow. Yet one must admit the 
attack upon you in the arbor was wholly unwarranted ; 
but you know, Captain, love and jealousy are the very 
devil, especially the latter, when it takes hold of one in 
earnest. Anyhow, it showed good grit in the boy, just 
what we need here, and I've little doubt but that 
Blanchard will come up to the mark as a soldier. I 
trust, Steele, you haven't laid any grudge up against 
him, eh?" 

" Ah ! no, Colonel, not in the least. For I believe I 
hold my honor in too high estimation to do a mean 
or contemptible act, or cherish enmity toward one 
who, goaded on by jealousy, or overcome by the heat of 
passion, in an unguarded moment struck a blow for the 
girl he loved. I like him all the better for it, Colonel, 
and would adjudge any man a coward, unworthy the 
love of a true woman, who would not stand up, and if 
needs be, fight for her, shedding the last drop of blood 
flowing in his veins in defence of her good name, though 
this latter has never been called in question in this 
instance, at least to my knowledge." 

" Nobly spoken. Captain 1 " broke in the colonel. 

Continuing, Steele said : " Blanchard is the only one 
who has greatly suffered, and if he chooses to forget the 
past, thus acting the part of an honorable upright gentle- 
man and worthy soldier, I am not only willing but ready 
to meet him — half way, anyhow." 

" But how about the girl, Steele ? Are you as much 
in love with her as ever? " 

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146 EXPECTED BATTLE, 

" Oh ! no, she's gone back on me, just as I'm sure she 
will on Blanchard. She and I corresponded awhile, and 
I thought her true as steel, as her actions when we last 
parted led me to believe ; but her letters growing cold, 
afterward ceased altogether. She's fickle as the devil. 
Colonel, so they all say, and from the little experience 
I've had with her, I'm quite ready to believe the story, 
I did hear also that she and Blanchard had made it up, 
and were now on just as good terms as ever ; and if such 
be the case, I am quite well satisfied, as I gave up 
thinking about her a long time since. Still I must admit 
she's mighty — fascinating." 

If Captain Duke Steele was ready and only too will- 
ing to forget. Lieutenant Cyril Blanchard was not equally 
so to forgive ; the thought of the long months of sufJ'er- 
ing still rankled in his breast. 



CHAPTER XXII. 

EXPECTED BATTLE, 

RUMORS of another great battle soon to be fought 
were flying thickly in the air. 

The second battle of Manassas, where two immense 
armies had come in collision, the Federal under General 
Pope, the Confederate in command of General Lee, had 
been fought to the bitter end and like the first, under 
McDowell, lost to the Unionists. 

A few weeks later. General McClellan again in com- 
mand, had been sent in pursuit and had overtaken Lee 
at Frederick, where six miles away occurred the battle 
of South Mountain, resulting in the falling back of the 
Confederates to the vicinity of Sharpsburg, a small town 
on the Maryland shore of the Potomac. 

About the middle of June President Lincoln had issued 
a second call for three hundred thousand recruits, which 
like the preceding one, had been responded to with 



EXPECTED BATTLE. 147 

alacrity and much enthusiasm ; so that now are seen 
regiment after regiment arriving, some hurrying to the 
assistance of the sorely tried Pope, while large numbers 
are held in reserve to cover the retreat of the general in 
case his army is beaten, and for the protection of the 
National Capital, 

The first report from the field is, " The enemy are 
beaten. Not only beaten, but driven — aye, pursued to 
their very capital by the victorious Federals, who are 
even now thundering at her gates, demanding admit- 
tance." The last news from the mountains of Bull 
Run is, " Our army is beaten ; are fleeing ; Confederates 
in full chase." So these new regiments were at once 
dispatched to cover the retreat of the fleeing, beaten 
troops. 

Standing on the heights, some three miles away, over- 
looking Alexandria and the broad expanse of valley, 
dotted here and there by wooded heights and picturesque 
plain, there stretch on either hand long lines of earth- 
works. From the embrasures protrude the yawning 
mouths of heavy seige guns ; while in the far distance, 
to the north, rises high in air the burnished dome sur- 
mounting the National Capitol, reflecting the burning 
rays of the sun on that hot September afternoon ; while 
to the left the bright sparkling waters of the broad 
Potomac, onward rushing, make their way to the Chesa- 
peake Bay. 

Suddenly, away to the right as far as the eye may dis- 
tinguish, the head of the Union forces appears, emerging 
from out a dense dusty cloud, which rising in stifling 
masses, envelops, obscures all, save perchance a rem- 
nant of some tattered, shot torn banner, waved aloft 
by the veteran of a half score battles, who has borne it, 
and clung to it through the strife and carnage of the pre- 
vious day's fight. The general commanding, followed 
by his staff, rides at the head of the long straggling 
column of weary, foot sore, disheartened, possibly hungry 
combatants, who, as they approach, wheel, turn, falling 
back behind the entrenchments. 



148 EXPECTED BATTLE. 

Anotner avenue reveals long lines of artillery, guarded 
by compact columns of cavalry, with baggage, com- 
missary trains and sutlers' wagons, stragglers, civilians, 
non-combatants, and all the paraphernalia of a grand 
army seeking safety in flight and the security of the 
well-guarded earthworks. 

Casting the eye in still another direction, there is seen 
emerging from out a dense wood, an unbroken line of 
ambulance carts, bearing the wounded and dying from 
the battle field to the friendly hospital shelter within the 
borders of the city ; notably several of the large Govern- 
ment buildings, and even the Capitol itself devoted to this 
purpose. 

More than two years had now elapsed since the first 
bolt was launched against Sumpter, the first gun dis- 
charged, its report reverberating and echoing to the 
remotest bounds of the civilized world, calling a nation 
to arms, and thus had ended this inglorious day for the 
Union ! The victorious Confederates again falling back 
to their original position in the near vicinity of their 
capital, there for a time remained at ease, recruiting 
their strength before being again called to the field. 

The regiment of Colonel Emberly had suffered more 
severely in this last than at any previous engagement. A 
large number were slain and wounded, several of the 
latter mortally ; of the number Lieutenant Colonel Ship- 
ley, who died soon after. Captain Steele as usual came 
out of the battle without a scratch, and had any one asked 
him wh}' he thus escaped unharmed from every engage- 
ment, it would have been a difficult matter for him to 
answer, as he ever courted, rather than shunned danger. 

This last campaign having terminated so gloriously 
for the Confederate cause. General Lee now conceived 
the bold yet hazardous project of advancing his hitherto 
invincible legions to the soil of Maryland, then march- 
ing through that beautiful and wealthy agricultural 
State, which up to this time had remained comparatively 
neutral. The general argued the time had now arrived 
when the Marylanders might easily be won over, not 
only to fully recognize, but to enlist under his standard. 



EXPECTED BATTLE. 149 

This movement of General Lee, bold as it was in con- 
ception, carried forward with so much energy and skill, 
came nigh terminating his career ; for Geueral McClel- 
lan, the idol of the Federal Army of the Potomac, desir- 
ing to retrieve his somewhat shaded reputation, had 
taken his forces in hand. Pushing on in pursuit with all 
the energy and rapidity possible, the Confederates were 
overtaken at Frederick, The latter retreating before 
him, halted, drawing up their forces at South Mountain 
where, on that crest and slope of the Blue Ridge, was 
waged a most desperate battle. 

Here the hitherto conquering legions receive a check, 
victory, considered certaiu, being wrested from them. 
Afterward, returning slowly, reluctantly, they at length 
reach the banks of the Potomac, only again to be con- 
fronted by the enemy, for McClellan has overtaken them 
ere they reach the friendly Virginia shore, forcing them 
again to do battle. 

The sun rose on that beautiful September morning in 
a blaze of glory, looking down on eighty thousand Con- 
federate and more than one hundred thousand Federal 
soldiers. No sound is heard other than the distant 
bugle's silvery note, or nearer rat-a-plan of drum, calling 
the laggard from his hard couch, who from very weari- 
ness of spirit, hesitates to again face the enemy. From 
thousands of little camp fires, rise in the sultry atmos- 
phere their wreaths of blue smoke, betokening prepara- 
tion for an early morning repast, the last to be partaken 
by many a brave soul. 

Aid-de-camp and orderly are now seen riding in all 
directions, bearing to corps and divisions the orders of 
the day. Generals of corps, division and brigade, haste 
to take position at the head of their respective com- 
mands, while, on hillside and plain, are gathered the 
hosts soon to meet in shock of battle. 

Battery after battery hurry to position, their foaming 
steeds lashed by excited riders. They turn, wheel, 
mingling in seemingly inextricable confusion; then 
deploy, forming in line with the utmost precision; the 



150 EXPECTED BATTLE. 

gunners, ramrod in hand, awaiting the signal to charge 
the brazen-mouthed pieces. 

Now away on yonder height rises a grey transparent 
cloud. 'Tis the signal gun. Meanwhile troops, massed 
in unbroken column, the burnished arms reflecting back 
the brilliant rays of the September sun, await the onset. 

Antietam's sluggish stream, the line separating the 
eager combatants, will ere long bear to the sea the life 
of thousands, both blue and grey, now in the full glow 
of health and vigor of manhood, each pulse beating 
with ardor for the strife. 

Anon the trumpets sound the advance, the long roll 
of drums the charge, cheer on cheer ringing out on the 
still air as the combatants close in deadly hand to hand 
encounter. 

The First Alabama Cavalry come thundering down, 
meeting, crushing, pushing on against flashing lines of 
steel thrust forth to stay their progress. Massed batter- 
ies from wooded height and intervening plain speak in 
thunderous tones, their dread missiles piercing rank and 
file; clouds of sulphurous smoke and leaping flame from 
the mouths of a hundred guns, telling of wounds and 
death, rise in mute appeal to stay the appalling sacrifice. 

The day advances. The sun, momently rising higher 
in the heavens, beats down its fierce rays on glazed, un- 
closed, sightless eyes and upturned faces, pallid in death's 
agonies. 

Still the day rolls on, the sharp heated sun's rays beat- 
ing on the heads of the eager combatants, as unharmed, 
unterrified, they press on. No time here for thought; 
each sense alive ; every energy bent ; every feeling sunk 
in the one supieme endeavor to conquer. 

The day wanes ; the clock in yon church tower strikes 
the hour of four. 

Burnside, hard pressed, sends hurrying appeal to the 
commander-in-chief begging reinforcements. The return 
entreaty is, " Hold the bridge ! Aye, hold the bridge, 
at all hazards ! Hold it till succor arrives ! " 

Here the combat rages in all its intensity, for on this 



EXPECTED BATTLE. 151 

frail structure hangs the fate of the day. This lost— all 
lost. 

Yet, hark ! Away out from yon wooded slope, peals 
the trumpet's joyous note, sounding the " Advance." 
Again, "Double-quick," echoed by the bugle's clarion 
strain. Help is nigh I 

Squadron after squadron haste on the way, long 
unbroken lines of horse charge down this highway of 
death, as in ringing note the trumpet sounds the 
" Charge," its tones caught up by each sturdy trooper. 
Foot taking fresh hold of stirrup, hand firm grip of sabre, 
each uplifted arm falls on the head of its devoted victim ; 
thus riding, sweeping through the enemy's columns, 
iron-shod hoof trampling the fallen, rank and file going 
down, nothing withstands the shock. The bridge 
quickly cleared, the Confederates fall back and the 
Federals push on. 

Deatli here runs riot, reaping rich harvest ; for where 
blade strikes, a mutilated body falls. The enemy, in 
full retreat, seek safety thereby. 

'Twas here the First Alabama Cavalry covered them- 
selves with glory. Captain Duke Steele, in lead of his 
brave troopers, his tall lithe form seen where the battle 
raged fiercest, i)erformed " prodigies of valor ; " and 
were the Confederates in possession of more regiments 
like this, no mortal enemy could have withstood their 
power. 

Night has fallen. The cooling breeze of evening fans 
the fevered brow, the throbbing temples of the wounded, 
bringing cheer to the living, undisturbed repose to the 
dead. 

Weary, hungry and thirsty, the veterans seek shelter 
for the night. The deepening, darkening shades of de- 
parting day are all aglow with camp fire and torch, 
round which gather the heroic warriors, endeavoring 
thereby to appease the hunger and assuage the thirst of 
the long daj'-'s fast. 

Their hearts are light. No danger now staring them 
in the face, they joke, laugli, sing in all the soldierly 



152 EXPECTED BATTLE. 

abandon of camp life, careless of the sufferings of so 
many of their comrades who sat by their side on the 
morning of this fateful day in the enjoyment of their 
last meal, but are now lying on the cold ground, muti- 
lated, perchance dying, or on some rude, hard couch in 
an out of the way field. 

Night has at length passed, away. Its darkening 
shades disappear, ushering in the light of another dawn. 
Yet what means this outcry, this unwonted commotion 
at head-quarters, as an outlying vidette, riding in hot 
haste, speeds on his way to break the startling news, 
" The enemy have disappeared — fled I "? 

Taking advantage of the darkness and the unsuspect- 
ing McClellan, the Confederate chief has quietly with- 
drawn his large army, crossing at the fords at some dis- 
tance below, to Shepardstown, on the opposite bank of 
the river. 

Upon receiving this unwelcome intelligence, the Fed- 
eral commander was loth to credit the story ; for having 
so skilfully entrapped his wily antagonist, thus placing 
him in position to be captured at his leisure, it was 
deemed a matter of impossibility that General Lee should 
have so easily eluded him. When one takes into con- 
sideration that a vast army numbering in the aggregate 
eighty thousand, foot, horse and artillery, the latter of 
more than a hundred pieces, together with immense bag- 
gage and ambulance trains, commissary stores, sutlers' 
outfits and a heterogeneous mass of equipments common 
to a large army were moved, it must be conceded that 
General Lee manifested magnificent generalship. 



THE CONFEDERATE SPY. 153 



CHAPTER XXIII. 

THE CONFEDERATE SPY. 

A FEW days subsequent to the battle of Antietam, 
the Federal army still remained in camp, over- 
looking the scene of strife. 

General McClellan, standing near the entrance of his 
tent, espies a female of showy appearance and elegant 
attire, a dark veil concealing her features, approaching 
his quarters, mounted on the back of a magnificent steed, 
whose glossy black coat shines under the sun's rays like 
unto burnished silver. High-spirited, yet lightly step- 
ping, advancing along the grassy park-like surface of the 
camp ground, he seems conscious of the beautiful form 
BO lightly borne. 

Advancing to the front of the tent near to where the 
general was standing, at the same time lifting the veil, a 
face of rare beauty was disclosed. Rapid riding, com- 
bined with the crisp, exhilarating morning air, lent a 
heightened color to the cheek, gave an unwonted light 
to the eyes, and gave her a bearing a queen might envy. 

Ever susceptible to female charms, particularly when 
accompanied by youth. General McClellan was at once 
attracted by the appearance of the lady. So raising his 
hat, saluting her with the gallantry natural to the accom- 
plished soldier, he invited the lady to dismount, and 
accept the hospitality of his modest quarters. Grace- 
fully declining the proffered invitation, she said : 

" General, I have a communication to present, and a 
favor to ask." Then drawing a paper from her reticule, 
she placed it in his hands. 

Upon perusal it proved to be a letter of introduction 
from the governor of Alabama, and read as follows : 



154 THE CONFEDERATE SPY. 

•' Montgomery, Alabama, Sept. 23, 1862. 
" To General Robert E. Zee, Commanding Confederate 

Forces in Northern Virginia. 

" Dear Sir : — The bearer of this letter, Miss Carrie, 
only daughter of Judge Foster of this city, a geutlemau 
of prominence in the judiciary, as also the councils of 
State, and a warm supporter of a cause for which we 
are so untiringly laboring, desirous of doing something 
whereby to show her appreciation of the brave soldiers 
who have left the comforts of home for the tented field 
with all its accompanying hardships, wishes to secure a 
situation as hospital nurse, thus as far as she may be 
able, to mitigate the sufi'erings of the sick and wounded 
of our army. 

*' Whatsoever aid you may be pleased to render, or in 
fluence extend in this direction, will be gratefully appre- 
ciated by myself, and joyfully welcomed by those to 
whose assistance she goes. 

" Yours very respectfully, 

" E. H. Johnson, 

"Governor of Alabama." 

Wonderingly scanning the bright, winsome face of the 
young maiden, its animated expression, healthy, glowing 
cheek and sparkling eyes, the general thought he had 
never set eyes on a more expressive face, nor one exhib- 
iting a greater degree of intelligence or depth of charac- 
ter. More astonished than he could readily find words 
to express, when perceiving to whom the letter was 
addressed, the general exclaimed: 

" Why, Miss Foster, this letter is not addressed to 
me, but to General Eobert E, Lee ! Into his hands only 
should you have entrusted its secrets, and I fear I've 
committed an unwarranted breach of etiquette in thus 
making myself acquainted with its contents." 

Now as one would be likely to infer, and as we have 
already learned, Carrie Foster was a shrewd girl, and one 
would need but a single glance into her face to bec( me 
convinced of the fact. Understanding full well what she 



THE CONFEDERATE SPY. 156 

was about, instead of going to tlie Union camp direct 
from Montgomery, she first repaired to the Contederate 
head-quarters and from thence to General McClellan, 
previous to which she had held an interview with Gen- 
eral Lee. Certainly a shrewd scheme and a deeply laid 
plot, for the letter was properly addressed, as intended, 
and so delivered. 

This General McClellan did not know. She did not 
tell him. Therefore, in answer to a look of surprise, 
followed by words of astonishment, possibly of incredu- 
lity, the lady said : 

"Yes, General, I am well aware of the contents of the 
letter, as also to whom it is addressed, I am also aware 
of another fact, which is that on the retreat of General 
Lee, succeeding the late battle, his wounded fell into 
your hands, and without question are in need of and 
entitled to the same care as though still in his charge. A 
little sympathy, General, won't do them harm. The poor 
Buffering fellows must look for both sympathy and care 
to their friends and well-wishers, and it is for this reason 
alone I have deemed it best to place this letter in your 
hands, rather than in those of General Lee. Should the 
arrangement be deemed satisfactory, I would take the 
liberty of soliciting a pass recognizing my position, one 
also that will take me in safety about your camps and 
through the Union lines, thus enabling me to render 
that assistance so necessary in the interests of liuman- 

Failing in the display of his accustomed sagacity, Gen- 
eral McClellan fell without further thought into the 
snare so adroitly set and skilfully baited by the charm- 
ing manners, fascinating ways, and bright eyes of the 
young maiden. So, complying with the request, with 
no thought of intrigue or unworthy design on her part, 
he seated himself at his desk and wrote and handed her 
the coveted pass, signing his name in full as commander- 
in-chief of the Federal forces comprising the Army of the 
Potomac. The pass entitled her to go whither she would 
about the Federal camp unquestioned, also authorized 



166 THE CONFEDEEATE SPY. 

her to pass tlirougli the lines without interruption in her 
errands of mercy to either army. In so doing, General 
McClellan believed he had simply performed a generous 
and humane act ; yet what were the objects contem- 
plated, or aims to be arrived at, in thus soliciting this 
pass? To nurse and care for the sick and wounded 
'• Boys in Gray " ? 

Scarcely I She had far less worthy aims in view, at 
least as regarded the welfare of General McClellan and 
his army ; aims which, if carried out, would tend to 
place obstacles in his way greater and more to be feared 
than a score of Confederate regiments. In short, Carrie 
Foster was an accredited Confederate spy ; not only this, 
but one of the most intelligent, unscrupulous, far seeing 
of this useful, yet ignoble class of people. She was in 
the full confidence of the governor of Alabama, the prime 
mover in the affair ; and General Lee was equally 
apprised of, and fully understood her errand ; one which 
had been so earnestly solicited, yet reluctantly granted 
by her father ; for was he not in thus allowing his daugh- 
ter to assume the role of spy, making the greatest sacri- 
fice of his life ? 

In furtherance of the deep-laid, well-planned scheme 
on which she had entered, and in order to avoid suspi- 
cion as to her real designs, she daily visited the field hos- 
pitals, going among the sick and wounded, and by her 
affectionate smiles and cheering words, uplifted almost 
to the gates of heaven many a worn suffering spirit. 
She rode about the Union camp, her high-spirited coal- 
black, glossy steed, together with its beautiful rider, win- 
ning the admiration of all beholders ; in the meantime 
closely observing and taking notes of whatsoever might 
prove of benefit, or in any manner contribute to the 
advantage of the Confederate commander; not only this, 
but she was freely admitted to the secret councils of the 
Federal chiefs, often gaining important imformation as 
to contemplated movements, which speedily transmitted, 
became of the greatest moment, not only to General Lee, 
but the entire Confederacy. 



THE CONFEDERATE SPY. 157 

Again General McClellan put his columns in motion, 
after some three weeks' rest, spent in repairing losses 
and attaching to the several brigades fresh regiments now 
rapidly arriving. Advancing down the valley of the 
Blue Ridge, finally reaching Warrenton, the whole army 
again went into camp. 

Here, to the unbounded astonishmont, consternation, 
in many instances indignation, of all interested, an order 
came from the President recalling General McClellan and 
substituting in his stead General Burnside. 

Upon receiving this order from the President, generally 
supported by the higher Government officials — it being 
alleged that while perhaps competent to command a 
division or corps, he was lacking in confidence to take 
supreme command of an army, at least one of such mag- 
nificent proportions — the gallant general protested in the 
most vigorous terms. Yet protest, entreaty even, being 
of no avail, he at last with many misgivings as to the 
result, reluctantly consented to abide by the wishes of 
President Lincoln, who believed he saw in General 
Burnside one who would not only retrieve in large meas- 
ure the severe losses resulting from the mistakes or pos- 
sible incompetency of former commanders, but at the 
same time press the war more vigorously than had his 
predecessors. 

At once assuming command. General Burnside applied 
himself to the task of reorganizing the various corps 
and divisions of this magnificent force of more than one 
hundred thousand soldiers, many of whom were the 
tried veterans of a score of battle fields, from Manassas 
to Antietam. 



158 A SINGULAR CHARACTER. 



CHAPTER XXIV. 

A SINGULAR CHARACTER. 

LEISURELY walking down tLe broad avenue lead- 
ing to the State House of the capital city of Vir- 
ginia, on a lovely evening, the mellow light of the newly 
risen moon casting a soft radiance over the many 
lofty buildings of that historic city on the James, Cap- 
tain Duke Steele encountered a most singular specimen 
of humanity. A form tall, uncouth, dressed in an old, 
much worn, faded Continental uniform ; head crowned 
with a coon skin cap, tail hanging behind ; over his 
shoulder a flint-lock musket, a " Queen Anne ; " an 
ancient horse pistol tucked into a narrow leathern belt ; at 
his side, the point dragging the ground, a long ironscab- 
barded sword. Taken as a whole, this man presented 
the appearance of an old Revolutionary veteran resur- 
ected. 

Coming to a stand in front of the thoroughly surpris- 
ed captain, he accosted him, at the same time presenting 
arms. 

" Me Lud, be ye the commander of the troops of His 
Majesty, George the Third ? If so, I am desirous of 
informing Your Serene Highness, 1 would be pleased to 
enhst, having of late served in the Continental Army 
under old Put. Finding the cause sinking, for one thing, 
another from the fact of my superior merits not having 
received proper recognition nor such as they deserve, 
thus enabling me to rise to a grade usually accorded the 
brave, I've deserted, and now wish to enlist imder the 
banner of His Majesty, where my talents will be better 
appreciated. 

" And, me Lud, that you may the better understand 
my position, I have this to say further: The last battle 



A SINGULAR CHARACTER. 169 

in which I had the honor of being engaged as leader^ 
was on the soil of the good old New England State of 
Connecticut, where I had been summoned with several 
of my brave followers, to serve my country and the 
County of Chester, in the capacity of a juryman. In 
this severe engagement, my troops drawn up in good 
order, awaiting an attack, the enemy by an unper- 
ceived, till too late, flank movement, and the most 
uncalled for strategy, and being of superior force, dis- 
lodged me from my chosen position ; surrounded, captured, 
placed me in irons; dragged me to the guard house, thence 
to prison, in direct conflict with the Articles of War, 
and me Lud, I've lain in a loathsome dungeon cell for 
these many long wearisome months, soliciting, praying, 
entreating, begging even to be either exchanged or set 
free. To the former they would give no heed ; to the 
latter, laughed, taunting rae to my very face ; until at 
length I resolved to escape, which by the most consum- 
mate skill and no little strategy, I have sncceeded in 
doing. 

" My second appearance on the field of strife — but 
perhaps I weary you, sir? No? Well, as I was about to 
say, my second appearance was in the capacity of guard 
of honor, summoned by Beelzebub — have you never 
heard of the gentleman ofttimes styled the " arch fiend," 
the" prince of devils," and the like? You doubtless 
understand all about that, me Lud — ha — ha ! Well, sir, 
I am this same old Beelzebub's lieutenant. Yes, I am, 
sir, second only in command, summoned as I say, to 
officiate as master of ceremonies at the execution of 
the murderer of his comrade and classmate, Duke Steele. 
Yes, sir, me Lud, for a fact." 

" Hold, sir, hold ! Are you a mad man ? Of whom 
do you speak ? " 

" Why, Duke Steele, of course. Never heard of him, 
eh ? Murdered — slain — premeditated — cold-blooded act 
and all that. Never heard of the affair, me Lud ? " 

"Heard of the affair? No! What of it? Speak, 
sir 1 Tell it, and if you lie to me, heaven help you I I 



160 A SINGULAR CHARACTER. 

will spit you on the point of this blade with as little 
compunction and in about the same spirit as I would a 
measly toad. Now, sir, finish your story." 

" Well, me Lud," replied the stranger, '* it's a long 
story. As I was saying, summoned by Beelzebub, my 
master, to officiate — or as one might say, commissioned 
charyi d'affaires of the execution, as also to see that all 
things were in proper order and well conducted — I was 
again set upon, overpowered, dragged back to the same 
prison, where in one of its lowest dungeons I was chained. 
Yea, me Lud, chained, until becoming weary of my 
long confinement, I sought means to and did escape, 
making my way to this city, the head-quarters as I 
understand of His Majesty, George the Third's troops, 
whom I desire to join, having renounced the service of 
the defeated legions of old Putnam — and the devil." 

" Oh ! Drop this fighting battles, Beelzebub and the 
devil, of the first of which you know nothing, yet are 
evidently on good terms with the latter. What I do 
want you to tell me, is concerning this murder — as so 
alleged — of Duke Steele." 

" Why, good sir, have a little patience and I will tell 
all. This young Steele suddenly, and as was generally 
afi&rmed, mysteriously disappeared — though I've thought 
there were some who knew more of the affair than they 
cared to tell — from his college room, and never came 
back. Couldn't be found, and has never been heard 
from to this day. The story runs that Steele was made 
way with by his room mate, who was arrested, tried, 
pronounced guilty, and would have been hung could I 
have had my way ; but when I'm on the point of success 
in this, or any other of my great undertakings, I'm set 
upon by those damned highwaymen. Yet, why they 
should take such an interest in my affairs is past com- 
prehension — but I wander. Let us come to the point. 
Will you, me Lud, take me as a recruit to His Majesty's 
forces now operating against the Continentals? If so, 
but say the word, and I'll shoulder this good musket, 
that never turned its muzzle against a friend nor away 



A SINGULAR CHARACTER. 161 

from a foe, in defence of the King's rights and his efforts 
to put down this ungodly rebellion." 

Captain Steele, who had paid little attention to what 
was being said, being seemingly absorbed in thought far 
removed from those of the lunatic, now turned away in 
disgust, ordering a corporal to head a file of soldiers and 
take the mad man captive, directing that he be secured 
in the guard-house until further orders. 

What were now the thoughts of Duke Steele at this 
turn of affairs? That the story told by this singular 
character must contain some truth, was apparent; there- 
fore, an investigation must be taken in hand, and that 
without delay. 

It so chanced the army was at this time lying idle, so 
the captain determined to call on his colonel, and on pre- 
tence of performing some needful duty, select a portion 
of his own company, and set forth at once for the home 
of Thomas Baxter. One day's hard ride would suffice 
to take him to the neighborhood, and when there he 
would take the opportunity to call on his mother, who 
above all others must be the first to share the joyful 
intelligence that her son was still in the land of the liv- 
ing, as she was without doubt keenly apprehensive in 
regard to his welfare, and if yet alive, as to his where- 
abouts. 

Indulging in these perplexing thoughts, he proceeded 
on his way to the colonel's quarters ; which soon reach- 
ing, he informed that officer that he had heard rumors 
of disturbance in the vicinity of Oxford, a town near 
the mouth of the Eappahannock, his old home. The 
rumored trouble had grown out of the presence of a 
considerable body of guerrillas, made up of deserters 
from the army, renegades, and other disreputable char- 
acters from the surrounding country, and he said he 
deemed it a measure of prudence to head a squad of 
cavalry and look into the matter. 

" A capital idea," declared Colonel Emberly, " and the 
sooner you put it in practice the better. These so-called 
guerrillas are a scourge of the land, and I certainly could 
10 



162 A SINGULAR CHARACTER. 

■wish for nothing better than to see them put to route, 
foot and horse, for they are among the worst elements 
with which we have to contend. Not only this, but they 
bring disgrace on the honest, well-meaning soldier, and I 
am positive our war-worn veterans are among the last to 
have part or lot in the misdoings of these cowardly, 
thieving renegades. Yes, Captain, go by all means, and 
should you succeed in bringing those fellows to the jus- 
tice they so richly merit, you will have earned the grati- 
tude of all well-disposed persons, more especially those 
who desire and hope for the success of the Confederate 
arms. Yet, Captain, I would caution you to be on your 
guard against an ambush, for those rascals are up to all 
sorts of dodges ; also, please return as soon as the 
desired end has been attained, for your services may be 
in demand at any moment." 

Selecting twenty of his bravest and most reliable 
men, he gave them orders to be in readiness at an early 
hour of the following morning. 

The captain passed meanwhile a restless and uneasy 
night, for here was a mystery pressing heavily upon 
him. Many long months had passed, and he had heard 
and knew nothing concerning his dearest friends, and they 
were equally in the dark regarding him. Aye, to them 
he was truly as one dead. His chosen friend and room 
mate accused, tried, sentenced — a. condemned assassin I 
What could be the meaning of this story the mad man 
had told him ? Could there be truth in it, or on the 
other hand, some dreadful, deadly mistake ? 

On the morning following, just at the break of day, 
accompanied by a score of sturdy troopers, he passed out 
from the city of tents, setting on the long hard day's 
ride. All was quiet, all still, save for the measured 
tread of the sentinel on his lonely beat, guarding a force 
of nearly one hundred thousand peacefully sleeping, 
dreaming soldiers. The great burnished dome of the 
Confederate capitol glistened in the dawning light, while 
from church tower, steeple and factory, pealed the hour 
of five. 



A SINGULAR CHARACTER. 163 

Now from bugle, drum and trumpet, in stirring tones 
sounds the reveille, awaking from slumber, and calling 
from out the long array of tents, thousands of their drowsy 
tenants, some to "relieve guard" or replenish smould- 
ering camp fires in readiness for the morning repast. 

As the brave little troop ride forth, from out tree, 
bush and shrub, sound from scores of nature's melodious 
songsters greeting to the " Boys in Gray." 

Away beyond yon mountain top, the rising sun 
flashes its brilliant rays over hill, forest, valley and 
plain, while before its beams disappear the mist and 
clouds of the early morning. The cooling breeze fans the 
cheek, the eye sparkles, each heart beats with renewed 
ardor, as pushing swiftly on in the wake of their beloved 
leader, they shout in joyous loud acclaim, with little 
thought of fear or danger, " Death to renegade and 
traitor ! " 

Midday at length arrives — a hasty bivouac, an hour's 
rest, simple lunch, horses fed. Again they mount, 
speeding on their way, until at three in the afternoon an 
object meets their gaze, attracting universal attention. 
While only some twenty miles from their destination, 
there seemed a fair prospect of being compelled to camp 
for the night. Their steeds were so nearly worn down, 
that their progress became each moment less rapid. 

The object to which their attention was attracted, and 
each eye directed, seemed in a])pearance that of an aged 
negro ; who hobbling wearily along over the field at 
some distance from the highway, ragged, weather-beaten, 
scarcely able to move, made his way with great diffi- 
culty, at the same time evidently wishing to avoid 
observation. Now and then he would slip behind some 
friendly shelter of tree, bush or rock happening in his 
way, then after a few moments' rest, he would get up 
and stumble on again. 

The singular actions of the negro especially attracted 
the attention of Captain Steele, who putting spurs to his 
weary steed, leaped the road-side fence, pushing his way 
toward the now thoroughly frightened negro. Upon 



164 A SINGULAR CHARACTER. 

reaching his side, the poor fellow turned his eyes to the 
face of bis pursuer ; then again hastening on as fast as 
his worn-out limbs permitted, he shouted : 

"Fo' de Lawd, Massa Steele's ghost 1 Go 'way, Massa 
Sperit, dis yer darkey don' nothin', Wha' yo' come to 
cotch dis po' colored man fo' ? " 

" My poor man," said the captain, " I am not going to 
harm you. Tell me who you are." 

" Why, Massa Ghos', I'se Massa Tom's coachman, 
Pomp. Don' yo' kno' Massa Tom ? Don' yo' 'member 
Pomp ? You don' forgit him, does yo' ? " 

" Oh ! no, I remember Pomp very well, and Mr. Baxter 
also; but I must say you bear little resemblance to the 
Pomp of old times. If you are he, have no fear, I am 
not come to do you any mischief — only good. I am no 
ghost — simply Duke Steele, flesh and blood; more than 
you can say, for I see but little of the one, and doubt if 
3'ou have much of the other. But you remember Duke 
Steele, with whom, when we were both boys, you used 
to play, along with your young Massa Herman ? " 

" Is yo' Massa Duke fo' shua ? Why, da' don' tole 
me Massa Duke Steele were dead, killed sho' nuff by 
Massa Herman. I'se don' tol' dem, Massa Herman neva 
don' no hurt to nobody. Den da' sey, go wa' yo' nigga, 
yo' don' kno' nothin' tall 'bout it." 

The captain soon gaining the confidence of the poor 
negro, convinced him that he was no spirit from another 
world, come to terrify, perhaps convey him off to the 
infernal or some equally undesirable regions. He helped 
him back to the squadron, then put him astride a led 
mule, placing in his hands food to be eaten on the way ; 
of which he stood greatly in need, as he ate ravenoLisl}^ 
evidently being on the verge of starvation. 

Having eaten until his hunger in good measure was 
appeased, he related to his kind rescuer his adventures 
from the time of being kidnapped by his good friends, 
the New England Abolitionists. Great was the surprise 
and no less indignation of the captain upon being told 
of the trials through which the poor fellow had passed, 



A SINGULAR CHARACTER. 165 

in seeking to escape from his perhaps well-meaning, yet 
wholly unauthorized persecutors. 

Pomp had accompanied his master to the scene of the 
trial of Herman, there being approached by citizens of 
the town, who sought to persuade him to desert his kind 
master. Upon his indignant refusal, he was arrested and 
placed in confinement, where he was held until Mr. 
Baxter and his daughter Nelly had returned to their plan- 
tation home. The ill treatment, together with the 
enforced separation from his much loved friends, the 
Baxters, had nearly broken the poor negro's heart. 

He had made several attempts to escape from his per- 
secutors, thus seeking to regain his liberty. Each time 
he was captured and taken back, until after months of 
waiting, watching, and secretly working, he was success- 
ful. He had been on the road for nearly two months, 
hiding by day, pursuing his weary way only by night. 
His clothing was worn to tatters, and he was ready to 
sink from exhaustion, until now famishing, he was over- 
taken by the generous- minded troopers, who vied in 
their attentions to the poor worn darkey, lending him 
all the assistance in their power. 

" Gwine home to die, ya, Massa Duke, dis po' darkey's 
days am numbered. Pomp want to see Massa Tom an' 
Missy Nelly befo' he gwine to glory. I'se las' but few 
days mo', my Hebenly Marster am calling fo' me, but I 
don' want to go to glory, but to po' Massa Tom's." 

"Oh! no. Pomp, you must not get disheartened. 
When you get to ' Massa Tom's ' you'll have plenty to 
eat, good clothes to wear, and a comfortable place to 
rest your tired bones. Old Mam Cloe will nurse you, 
you can sing, dance and play the banjo along with your 
old friends on the plantation, and you will again have 
Parson Hector to explain Bible texts to you. You will 
soon dance harder and sing louder than the best of 
them." 

" No, no, Massa Duke, I'se shua not to las' long, all 
worn out, nothing lef but skin an' bones. I'se wan' to 
go to glory." 



166 A SINGULAR CHARACTER. 

" Keep up courage, my boy ! You have no doubt had 
a hard time, but what will our good New England 
brethren say when they hear of a "Virginia slave escap- 
ing from Northern liberty to Southern slavery ! A bit- 
ter pill for them to swallow, I imagine I "' 

The long day has passed ; night has fallen ; the shapely 
spire of the village church appears in the distance, lighted 
by the rising moon. 

Now the troop clatters down the narrow street leading 
to the old home of Captain Steele. Swords rattling in 
their scabbards, the jingling of horse trappings and 
spurs and hurrying foot falls of the iron-shod steeds, 
bring to every window a startled face ; while close at 
hand appears the little cottage of the widow Steele, caus- 
ing memories of bygone days to surge through the breast 
of the young leader, as he again looks on the home of 
his childhood days. 

When last he left its precincts, made sacred by long 
years of attachment, he was a happy boy. Now he is a 
man of mature years, with large responsibilities. His 
thoughts dwelt upon his aged mother, to whom he had 
ever fled in times of boyhood trouble, to whom he had 
confided childhood griefs, and from whom he had now 
been so long separated. But what would be her emo- 
tions when again beholding her lost son, whom she had 
every reason to believe dead ? These thoughts passing 
in swift review through his mind, he draws up to the 
gateway, followed by his weary troops. 

Throwing himself from the saddle he advances up the 
walk to the door, and without stopping to knock, opens 
it, when his mother, who has heard the sounds attending 
the hurrying troops, rises as he enters. They meet 1 

The son iiad naturally greatly changed in appearance 
since his mother last saw him. From a beardless lad, 
pale from indoor life, thin from close application to his 
studies, he was now a strong man, of robust constitution, 
health glowing from every lineament of his bronzed face, 
his lip covered with a heavy drooping moustache, while 
his tall manly form appeared to great advantage in the 



A SIISrGULAR CHARACTER. 167 

close-fitting uniform. At first not recognizing him, tlie 
surprised widow said : 

" Good-evening, sir. Have a seat," at the same time 
placing a chair at his disposal. 

Looking his mother squarely in the face, meanwhile 
saying nothing, a smile lighted up his animated features. 
She at once recognized him, exclaiming : " My long 
lost hoy," and then falls helplessly in his arms. 

The surprise, mingled with joy, upon again beholding 
her beloved son, whom she had every reason to suppose 
dead, never expecting to again set eyes upon him, rend- 
ered it little wonder that her heart stood still. Yet as 
grief may, perhaps often does kill, joy never does. So 
■when she regained her dazed faculties, explanations were 
hurriedly made, and he reminded her that time was press- 
ing, the night fast waning, and he must be gone._ So 
again mounting, the trumpet sounding " double quick," 
he bade his mother " good-night," saying he would see 
her again very soon, and then rode away rapidly, taking 
the road to the Baxter plantation. 

About half the distance passed, a young negro was 
seen coming toward them, speeding as though his very 
hfe depended on his exertions. In fact, the poor fellow 
seemed nearly to have lost his wits. Suddenly spying 
the mounted gray coats, he sent up a loud shout : 

" Marsa sogers, dem grillas don' killin' all Massa Tom's 
foks, da don' carry on drefiful up dar, an' I 'spects day'll 
all be murdered ! " 

" Who will be murdered, my boy ? " asked the cap- 
tain. 

" Why, sah, everybody I Massa Tom, Missy Nelly, 
an de all ob dem. Oh 1 fore de Lawd, do hurry an cotch 
dem drefful grillas ! " 

As the excited troopers could gain no further informa- 
tion from the frightened negro, whom Captain Steele now 
recognized as the boy Eph, he shouted to the troop 
" Hurry on," who putting spurs to their nearly worn- 
out steeds they soon came within sight of the tall chim- 
neys and many-gabled roofs of the Baxter mansion. 



168 A SINGULAR CHARACTER. 

As young Steele, guided by the colored boy Eph, 
neared the house so familiar to him in his boyhood's 
days, its associations so closely entwined around his 
old playmate and sweetheart, Nelly, his feelings may 
be better imagined than described. The thought of the 
terrible guerillas holding triumphant possession here 
seemed sacrilege — his whole soul revolted at the thought 
and urged him forward with all possible speed, his 
troopers following him with scarcely less eagerness. 

But what means this unwonted commotion ? Voices, 
in hilarious song and fierce contention, strike the ears of 
the astonished troopers, as hurrying on, they first come 
to a group of horses held and guarded by a squad of men 
in soldier's garb. 

Hurriedly passing these, they hasten up the broad 
avenue leading to the doors of the mansion. Eeaching 
the house, they spring from their horses, hurry up the 
long flight of steps and enter the house, when a sight 
meets their eyes and sounds fall on their ears that bring 
consternation to every heart. 

Tables extend the entire length of the long dining- 
hall, around which — some seated, others standing — are 
gathered a hilarious, gesticulating, maddening crowd of 
the worst characters and the most fiendish devils to be 
found in the whole region. Singing, shouting, they dash 
flowing goblets of wine upwards to the ceilings and 
about the walls, deluging the choice paintings and 
richly draped windows. 

A lawless gang of fierce, outlawed guerrillas had 
surely taken possession of the premises. 

As the troopers headed by their gallant commander 
enter, every outlaw springs to his feet, each hand grasp- 
ing a revolver or drawing a sabre, confronting the intru- 
ders with desperate courage. 

A sharp, sanguinary conflict ensues. Revolvers rapidly 
discharged lay many a one low. A combat of this 
character cannot in any event be of long duration. The 
numbers are too few, the onslaught is too fierce, the en- 
gagement too close, and must soon be terminated either 



A SINGULAR CHARACTER. 169 

by fligbt, surrender or annihilation ; the weaker party, 
weak in either strength or courage, succumbing to the 
stronger. 

In this encounter, the combatants were as to numbers 
nearly equal, yet decidedly the opposite as to courage. 
For on the one side was arrayed brute strength, waging 
warfare in an unholy cause ; on the other, right fight- 
ing in the interest of home and humanity. 

At this instant, while the combat was raging in its 
fiercest intensity, a scream of terror rose in piercing 
accents from an adjoining apartment. 

Kecognizing the voice. Captain Steele without calling 
for aid, hastened to the assistance of Nelly Baxter, whom 
he finds struggling in the grasp of an outlaw fiend who 
is endeavoring to secure her by binding her with stout 
cords. This fiend, the acknowledged chief of the band, is 
none other than the villainous plantation schoolmaster 
and Confederate spy, Cyrus Jones, who was not known 
to Captain Steele, as they had never before met. 

Immediately recognizing her deliverer as her old friend 
and lover, Duke Steele, Nelly, became so overcome by 
the startling denouement, together with the desperate 
struggle consequent upon the efforts put forth to regain 
her liberty and to extricate herself from the toils of her 
captor, that she fell fainting in the arms of her lover. 

Taking advantage of the momentary respite from the 
avenging arm of his opponent caused by the swooning 
of Nelly, the outlaw chief fled, hastening to the assist- 
ance of his comrades ; who, hard pressed, were falling 
back, meanwhile exchanging rapid shots and swift 
blows with their antagonists. 

Quickly gathering his followers about him, the guer- 
rilla chief made one more desperate charge; which from 
its fierceness caused the soldiers to momentarily give way, 
thus enabling the bandits to escape ; when quickly they 
scatter in all directions from the house, and reaching 
their horses, mount and ride swiftly away. 

Many have fallen in this short yet deadly encounter ; 
some never more to rise, others suffering from mortal 



170 INTERVIEW BETWEEN NELLY AND HER FATHER. 

wounds, wliile a still larger number, though seriously 
hurt, may not be considered in immediate danger. 

During the sharp conflict, the negroes huddled to- 
gether in their cabins, too thoroughly frightened to ren- 
der the least assistance ; yet Parson Hector performed his 
duty courageousl}'^ by calling on " de good Lawd, to sabe 
dem from utter destruction," praying, " dat ef de time 
am com fo' de po' darkeys to go to glory, dey may be 
prepared to entah de hebenly gates, long o' Massa Tom ; " 
for without the company of their good old master, the 
glory of the promised land would necessarily be to them 
greatly dimmed. 



CHAPTER XXV. 

INTERVIEW BETWEEN NELLY AND HER FATHER. 

LYING on a sick bed, to which he had been con- 
fined for many weeks, in great soreness of heart 
and utter weariness of spirit, Mr. Baxter upon hearing 
the tumult below, previous to the opportune arrival of 
Captain Steele with his faithful little band of troopers, 
had striven to rise, the effort being but partially success- 
ful. Gaining an upright position, his feeble strength at 
length gave way, when he fell back fainting and helpless. 

At this juncture, Nelly dispatched a colored servant 
to inform her father as to the cause of the great com- 
motion and riot below ; but upon reaching his bedside, 
the servant found him lying nearly unconscious and 
entirely helpless, his face bloodless, presenting the hue 
of death. At once hastening to Nelly, he informed her 
of the sad condition of her father, when summoning 
Eph, she bade him hurry for the village doctor. 

Eluding the vigilance of the guerrillas, Eph departed 
on his mission, encountering on his way the troop 
headed by Captain Steele. Ere an hour had elapsed. Doc- 
tor Jacob Savage stood at the bedside of the sick man. 



INTERVIEW BETWEEN NELLY AND HER FATHER. 171 

He at once recognized in the condition of his old friend 
and neighbor, the fact that death was near. 

While the above scene was transpiring at the evident 
death-bed of Mr. Baxter, Captain Duke Steele had 
arrived with his band of troopers, and attacked the guer- 
rillas, with the result as stated. 

But a little time had elapsed, succeeding their flight, 
ere Nelly had recovered from the shock caused by the 
sudden and wholly unlooked for appearance of her old 
lover, Duke Steele, as also the fright consequent on the 
mad acts of the riotous guerrilla band. She was now sum- 
moned to the bedside of her dying father. Meanwhile, 
the captain, assisted by his troopers, was busily engaged 
in caring for his wounded and burying the dead. Six 
of their number were slain, as many more mortally 
wouTided, while several had received hurts of a nature 
from which they would doubtless soon recover ; while of 
the guerrillas, a half score lay dead, their wounded hav- 
ing been borne away on the retreat. 

That the Hon. Thomas Baxter now lay on his death- 
bed, Doctor Savage afl&rmed there could be little doubt. 

After a few moments of seemingly deep thought, Mr. 
Baxter asked Nelly if she had heard anything of late 
concerning the fate of either her brother or Duke Steele. 

" Yes, papa," said Nelly, " I have received a letter from 
brother Herman, in which he stated that he was about 
to sail in a vessel destined for a three years' cruise in the 
Southern seas ; that he was going out with a good cap- 
tain and worthy man, in the position of ship's clerk. 
He wrote in excellent spirits, said his health was good, 
and that he had most successfully evaded his pursuers ; 
who had, in order to effect his capture, resorted to all 
manner of stratagem ; but in the various disguises he 
had assumed, he had eluded them all. He also wrote 
me all about a daughter of his captain. Bessie Perkins 
is her name, and he sent me her address, in New York, 
where she will remain with her aunt until her father's 
return. Herman is, judging from the way he wrote, 
evidently very much in love with her, and wishes me to 



172 INTERVIEW BETWEEN NELLY AMD HER FATHER. 

visit the young lady. But, papa, I've a much greater 
surprise in store for you than this even, no less than 
that Duke Steele is living, is well, never was murdered, 
never heard that he was, nor even one syllable about the 
afifair, which came so near ending brother Herman's 
career. He is now in this house, the commander of a 
body of cavalry, and it was he who so unexpectedly, so 
opportunely arrived and put to flight the guerrilla gang and 
rescued me from the clutch of their chief, who is none 
other than your most worthy plantation school-teacher 
and Confederate spy, the renegade whom you so gener- 
ously befriended, Cyrus Jones. 

"But what seems more strange than all else, is that 
Duke, now Captain Steele of the Confederate army, 
appeared just in time to disperse the band of outlaws ; 
who, after a short but bloody fight, retreated, leaving a 
number of their dead behind as silent witnesses of the 
prowess of the gallant leader, and brave band of Con- 
federate troopers. 

" Papa, I had nearly come to believe that Duke was 
dead— or may be had found someone more worthy of his 
love than I — but, papa, he still loves me, and is here 
alive, well, and now attending to the wounded and bury- 
ing the dead of both his own and the guerrilla forces. 
Why, it does really seem as though some higher power 
had interfered to thwart those evil-minded men in their 
designs upon us, and I am truly thankful to heaven, and 
grateful to Duke." 

"My daughter," interrupted Mr. Baxter, " there is no 
man living more worthy of your love than Duke 
Steele. At the same time, I can honestly say that I 
could have no more heart-felt desire than that he should 
have found another upon whom to place his affections." 

" Why, papa 1 What do you — what can you mean ? " 
Then realizing she was overstepping the bounds of 
prudence in thus disobeying the doctor's injunction to 
say nothing tending to unduly excite the feelings of her 
poor suffering father, in a softened tone she continued : 
" Papa, you have at all times spoken of Duke in the 



INTERVIEW BETWEEN NELLY AND HER FATHER. 173 

highest terms, you have educated him and in every way 
treated him as your own son." 

Raising his thin, nearly transparent hands to his wasted 
face, thus hiding his eyes from the earnest gaze of his 
daughter, who, mute and surprised, sat by his bedside, 
he said in a low, half-smothered voice : 

" My daughter, I had hoped to spare you this I am 
about to tell you ; but now finding it of the greatest 
moment to both yourself and Duke, it is an imperative 
duty laid upon me ; and believe me when I say it is for 
your good, and his, only, that I now acknowledge the one 
great sin of my life. You say I've ever treated Duke 
as a son. Close the door, my daughter, that no listening 
ear may hear what I am about to say. Nelly, Duke 
Steel, is my son and your brother 1 " 

" God in heaven I Papa, are you in your right mind'/ 
Do you know, or realize what you are saying to me ? " 

" Yes, my daughter, my mind is still clear, and I real- 
ize only too well the purport of the explanation I am 
about to make, and that it will both shock and perhaps 
terrify you ; but notwithstanding this, as I said before, 
it's for your good. Yes, both for you and Duke." 

Mr. Baxter now conversed with Nelly, until his 
strength completely failing, he was compelled to desist 
from further effort. He could say no more. 

He had told Nelly the whole story of his life, of Duke's 
mother, her girlhood, youthful beauty, and his strong 
attachment. How, in a moment of weakness, he had 
betrayed her, under the promise of marriage ; of the sub- 
sequent birth of a son ; previous to which, however, she 
had left the vicinity of her former home, going a long 
distance away, there living in seclusion until married to 
the reputed father of Duke Steele, whose name Duke 
had always borne. 

"I fully intended fulfilling the promise I had m.ade to 
the girl by marrying her," continued Mr. Baxter, " but I 
gave way to tlie opposition of my father, who foolishly 
threatened to disinherit me should I carry out my prom- 
ise to her. I, on the other hand, as foolislily believed 
he meant what he said, so I basely yielded to his solicit- 



174 INTERVIEW BETWEEN NELLY AND HER FATHER. 

atioDS — commands rather — thereby showing my weak- 
ness and indecision of character. But I can truthfully 
say I have at all times sought to make what reparation 
I was able, without in any manner awakening the jeal- 
ous suspicions of her friends and neighbors. 

" Nelly, my dear, ever act as a daughter to Duke's 
mother, for she is a good and true woman. The love and 
care you bestow on her will in some measure tend to 
alleviate the sting of remorse which has for so many long 
years tortured the heart of your poor father, as also tend 
to soften the cares and lighten the weight of her declin- 
ing years." 

" But, papa, what reason did grandpa give for wishing 
to seperate you from the girl you loved ? " 

" She was poor. Her parents died when she was a 
child, leaving her to the care of a maiden sister of her 
father, who had a hard struggle to procure the actual neces- 
saries of life, and consequently could not give the young 
girl the advantages of an education, or of the social cir- 
cles in which our family moved ; but as she was the 
possessor of great beauty of person, combined with an 
admirable character of a lively and cheerful disposition, 
her admirers were many. Still the one thing telling 
most heavily against her in the estimation of your grand- 
father was that she was a poor orphan. He was an 
excessively proud man, proud of his ancestry and of the 
exalted position the family had always held in the com- 
munity and State. 

*' Keep what I have said to you a secret, my daughter 
— for the present, at least. The time may, and doubtless 
will come, when from the attachment which has so long 
existed between yourself and Duke, you will find it 
necessary to divulge it , otherwise trouble might arise 
for both, and for this reason and this only, have I deemed 
it an imperative duty to burden you with the sad story." 

Noticing at the close of the last sentence that her 
father, from sheer weariness and exaustion, had fallen 
into a doze, Nelly left him with sad forebodings of heart 
and secret misgivings as to the future. 



BURNING OF THE BAXTER MANSION. 176 



CHAPTER XXVI. 

BURNING OF THE BAXTER MANSION. 

' ' TjlIAH ! Fiah ! de house am on fiah I " came in 
Jj startled shouts from the negro quarters. 

The rear of the large building was one seething mass 
of flames. 

One of the members of the dastardly guerrilla crew 
had secretly, before leaving, applied the torch to the fur- 
niture in an outer room, which being tightly closed, the 
flames had smouldered, only at this instant bursting 
forth. 

All was now confusion. The colored servants, terror- 
stricken, moaning, crying, shouting " Fo' de Lawd, Massa 
Tom don' burn to deth ; " instead of turniug in and lend- 
ing a helping hand, fright so terrorized them they stood 
powerless, hopelessly looking on. 

The dead combatants removed and buried, the wounded 
lay helpless at the mercy of the sweeping, deadly flames. 

With decision, coolness and presence of mind — never 
so conspicuously displayed as when imminent danger 
threatened — Captain Steele ordered the poor helpless 
victims to be taken to the lawn in front and at some lit- 
tle distance from the burning building. Then hastening 
to the rooms above, he assisted in the removal of his 
dying friend to the negro quarters, where he expired a few 
moments later, but not until he had recognized and bade 
adieu to his supposed son, Duke Steele. 

Taking the hand of the young captain, the dying man 
had just sufficient strength to murmur, " Thank God, my 
boy, my last gaze rests upon you and my darliog Nelly." 
Then all was over, the weary, troubled heart at rest. 

The building was old ; the flames spread meantime rap- 
idly. The wounded soldiers having been removed to a 



176 BURNING OF THE BAXTER MANSION. 

place of safety, attention was now directed to the saving 
of the various articles of furniture nearest at hand, as 
also the paintings on the walls and whatever else might 
be secured without endangering life. The flames are 
seen bursting from nearly every door aud window, and 
the whole of the large roof was one mass of fire. Smoke 
in stifling clouds rose, darkening the lurid sky, while shafts 
of flame shot high in the air; yet nothing was done, 
nothing could be done to stay the conflagration or save 
the blazing structure. 

Now the roof falls, sending up to the darkened heavens 
great masses of sparkling flames and lurid cloud. Now 
the walls surrender to' the fierce, overpowering heat, the 
massive chimneys fall, and soon all that remains of 
the once stately mansion — around which cluster the 
memories of so many happy days, and associations reach- 
ing backward to the early days of the colonial settle- 
ment of this now well-peopled neighborhood — is a pile 
of ruins. 

It seemed a matter of necessity that Captain Steele 
should remain with his friends for a few days at least, 
assisting in the burial of the remains of his old friend 
and benefactor, as also attending to the many duties 
looking to the safety of Nelly and the welfare of the 
negro community. He was well aware that he was not 
only expected to return to the army and his command, 
but that his services were now greatly in demand by his 
colonel. But as his presence at the scene of the late 
disaster was of the first importance, he dispatched a 
sergeant to army head-quarters, informing the colonel as 
to the situation, at the same time begging a further leave 
of absence. 

Two days succeeding the death of Thomas Baxter, his 
remains were deposited in the village cemetery by the 
side of those of Nelly's mother, and in near proximity 
to those of preceding generations, the most of whom 
had found a last resting-place in the same little village 
burying ground. The funeral was attended by people 
from the surrounding country, who came together in 



BURNING OF THE BAXTER MANSION. 177 

large numbers to do honor to their friend and neighbor, 
whom many loved and all respected. 

The Hon. John Eichardson, sitting in his office ex- 
amining papers relative to an important suit pending and 
soon to be tried, picking up a copy of the Richmond 
Enquirer, noticed an account of the death of his old 
friend, but was greatly shocked upon learning the attend- 
ing circumstances, a full account of -which was given in 
that morning's edition. 

" My friend Baxter dead ! the old mansion destroyed 
by fire ! the detested guerrillas the cause of the terrible 
calamity ! the poor negroes left helpless ! Nelly with- 
out a home ! What can this all mean ? Surely, I must 
hasten to her assistance," he exclaimed. 

While he greatly sorrowed at the loss of his friend, at 
the destruction of the old homestead, also regretting the 
sad state of affairs, a not unwelcome thought intruded 
itself, bringing comfort and relief to his mind. Having 
in good measure recovered from his former deep seated 
trouble, thus regaining his usual health and spirits, still 
in the prime of life, why should he not become a success- 
ful suitor for the hand of one whom be had so long 
worshipped ? He now rejoiced that no word had been 
spoken, no look given, no outward thought expressed, 
which might be interpreted in the light of love. 

Nelly neither now, nor ever had been aware of the fact 
that he had more than a passing friendly regard for her. 
Still that some deep, and to her, unfathonable trouble 
had borne most heavily upon him at the trial of her 
brother, she well knew. Of its cause she was wholly 
ignorant. 

Canvassing the weighty subject, he determined to say 
nothing of these things so wholly engrossing his mind, 
until grief for the loss of her father, and sorrow for the 
enforced absence of her brother should have in some 
degree passed away. Then, when becoming more recon- 
ciled to her lonely condition, he would lay both hand and 
heart at her feet, pleading their acceptance. 

Vigorously applying himself to the task of placing 
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178 BURNING OF THE BAXTER MANSION. 

the affairs of the plantation in as good order as his 
limited time would allow, in which he was ablj assisted 
by the Richmond lawyer — who, upon examining the 
papers of Mr. Baxter, found he was appointed in con- 
nection with Nelly, administrator of the estate — well 
understanding that the business was now placed in com- 
petent hands and that his services would be no longer 
required, Captain Steele bade Nelly and the lawyer 
*' good-bye," returning to his regiment. 

Before taking this step, however, he held a lengthy 
conversation Avith Nelly regarding their future. He 
told her the whole story of his connection with the col- 
lege student, Ephraim Stroud, and the reason why he so 
suddenly took his departure from college, saying nothing 
in extenuation of his foolish conduct, as witnessed in 
that disgraceful affair, which led to so much trouble to 
all parties. After going over the whole ground, leaving 
nothing unsaid, not attempting to exonerate himself from 
blame, he closed by saying : 

" Nelly, I now throw myself wholly on your gener- 
osity, praying forgiveness for my many great, though 
unintentional faults ; and I hope that our former rela- 
tions may be again resumed, and that we maybe to each 
other the same true lovers as before." 

Nelly listened to his impassioned words with down- 
cast eyes, and then tearfully told him she could never be 
to him more than now, yet that the reasons for this she 
could not now give. " But," said she, *' the time will 
come, when all shall be explained. Then you will do 
me the justice to admit that I am in the right. And, 
Duke, until that time does come, let all things remain as 
now." 

Then he left her, remaining under the impression that 
the reports which had been the direct cause of his so 
suddenly disappearing from college, and which he had 
just been telling her, the only reason why she rejected 
his suit. And now as he was about to leave her for the 
scenes of war and its vicissitudes, she thought it no more 
than right to tell him the whole story of her brother's 



BATTLE OF FREDERICKSBUR(J. 179 

arrest, trial and condemnation ; the same in substance as 
had been told him by the supposed mad man. 

Leaving Nelly, he called upon his mother, bidding her 
farewell. Then, as his duty lay in the direction of his 
regiment, a duty paramount to every other considera- 
tion, he took his deparature for the seat of war, the 
scene of future agrandizement and well-satisfied ambi- 
tion. Previous to which, however, he bade Nelly "good- 
bye," desiring her, should his services be required at the 
plantation, to give him due notice and he would hasten 
to her aid — and thus they parted. 



CHAPTEE XXVII. 

BATTLE OF FREDERICKSBURG. 

THOUGH with much reluctance. General Burnside 
had finally accepted command of the Army of 
the Potomac, he immediately deciding upon a plan of 
campaign. 

The main body of the army was at this time concen- 
trated at Warrenton, where they had been camped for 
several days. 

The plan adopted by General Burnside, concurred in 
by his corps commanders, was none other than by a rapid 
movement to cross the Eappahannock at a point directly 
opposite the city of Fredericksburg. Accordingly, his 
columns were put in motion, moving with the utmost 
speed, hoping thereby to take the enemy unawares. 

The mouth of Acquia Creek, at the point where it 
puts into the Potomac, was the established base of sup- 
plies. Piers and roads were constructed, and immense 
supplies collected for the subsistence of a force computed 
at this time to number more than one hundred and fifty 
thousand men of all arms. 

As the only means of crossing the Eappahannock at 
the point in question was by pontoon bridges, a large 



180 BATTLE OF FREDERICKSBUEG. 

and sufficient number were ordered from Washington, to 
be delivered at Falmouth on the fifteenth of September, 
with the view of crossing the river quietly and unsus- 
pected by the enemy ; but through some miscalculation 
or design, tlie pontoons did not arrive until the twenty- 
third, five days later. 

Fatal delay for the advance of the Federal army ! 
Upon reaching Falmouth they found to their chagrin, the 
heights to the rear and below Fredericksburg one un- 
broken sea of tents, The enemy had, by some unknown 
means, been apprised of General Burnside's designs. 
For there they were, securely posted on chosen ground, 
ready to oppose his crossing; and it really began to 
appear that the Union forces could neither move, or even 
contemplate a movement, without its being immediately 
made known to the enemy. 

Carrie Foster, the reputed hospital nurse, had received 
passes from the former commander of the Federal forces, 
General George B. McClellan, authorizing her to go 
through the camps of the various corps and divisions — 
in fact, no portion of the army was exempt from her 
scrutiny. Aided by a watchful eye, unquestioned, she 
went wheresoever she chose, finding no opposition. So 
when the command was turned over to General Burnside, 
he at once countersigned the order to which General 
McClellan's name was attached. Thus doubly armed, 
the beautiful spy rode about camp whither her sweet 
fancy led, commonly taking her to those positions where 
frequently unseen, generally unobserved, she could listen 
to, see, or hear whatsoever was taking place and that 
she most desired to know. Afterward she would hurry 
to General Lee, place the report in his own hands, no 
one being the wiser, thus taking a mean advantage of a 
most generous act of courtesy on the part of the Federal 
commander. So in the present instance she had been a 
keen listener to the conference between General Burn- 
side and his chiefs, in this manner becoming fully cogni- 
zant of the former's designs in regard to crossing his grand 
army over the Rap[)ahannock. She had without delay 



BATTLE OF FREDERICKSBURG. 181 

carried tlie important information to the Confederate 
commander, so that on the appointed day General Lee's 
whole force was drawn up in the rear, and on either side, 
together with a large force in front of the city of Fred- 
ericksbug, fully prepared, to resist every attempt at cross- 
ing the river. 

At this interview with General Lee, Carrie Foster had 
not noticed a pair of keen black eyes resting on her face. 
Their owner, a young negro, was intently watching and 
carefully listening to each word the handsome spy was 
saying to the great commander. 

Going back to the time when Captain Duke Steele was 
preparing to take leave of the Baxter plantation and 
family, we must relate that he was accosted by a negro 
lad who, removing an ancient hat from his woolly head, 
said in eager tones : 

" Massa Captin, Eph don' wan' to go long o' yo'. 
"Will yo' take me, sah? I'se don' wan' to go to wah?" 

"Well, my boy," said the surprised captain, "what 
would you be good for, supposing I should consent to 
take you ? " 

" Wha', Massa Captin, I'se don' cook, brak yo' boots, 
brush yo' unform, an' lots of oder tings, sah. Can I go 
wid yo', sah ? " 

" Whose boy are you ? " 

" I'se Massa Tom's nigga, but Massa Tom don' gon' 
to glory, an' I'se no call to sta heah no mo'. Will yo' 
take me long, sah ? " 

" Well, yes, if your Mistress Nelly has no objections to 
your leaving, I'll take you." 

" Oh ! No sah. Missy Nelly don' hab no 'jections." 

" Come along then," said Captain Steele, who had lit- 
tle objections to the services of a smart negro boy, even 
if 'Missy Nelly' had. I will procure a mule for you 
at the village. Can you ride a mule? " 

"Yes, sah, I don' ride er mule lots o' times." 

" Well, then, run on ahead to the village. I'll soon 
be there and will purchase an animal for your own use." 

So it was settled, and happily for the poor boy, who, 



182 BATTLE OF FREDERICKSBURG. 

now that his "marster was gon' to glory," could illy 
consent to remain longer at the lonesome, soon to be 
deserted plantation. On the contrary, he had much 
rather go to " wha," " wha'," as he said, "there was som' 
stir, somthin' gwyn on," filling the position of cook, 
bootblack and "uniform " duster to the genial captain, to 
whom he had taken an unusual liking and whom he 
would doubtless faithfully serve. 

This was the lad so intently listening to the words of 
the fascinating spy, the late Thomas Baxter's boy Eph, 
who has grown both in stature and wisdom since we first 
met him, carrying the eggs to Mam Cloe, " wha don' got 
chickens in dem ; " also the boy who so opportunely 
encountered Captain Steele, begging him to hurry, " as 
dem awful grillas am carrin' on so dredful at Massa 
Tom's." 

Eph is neither a rebel nor secessionist, no more than 
was his master, but a true believer in "Massa Lincum," 
his own great desire being to reach the camp of " Massa 
Lincum's sogers," and he has lain awake many a long 
night studying the problem as to how he is to accom- 
plish the long desired object. Now it is in a fair way 
of being happily solved. He will go with " Massa Cap- 
tin " to the Confederate lines, and then watch the oppor- 
tunity of escaping to the Union army and the "Bojs in 
Blue," whom he has so often heard eulogized by " Massa 
Tom, who am gone to glory." He will go to war. 

Carrie Foster in the role of Confederate spy when 
with the Confederates, hospital nurse when riding about 
the Federal camp, had officiated in these two capacities 
some three months, or since the day following the battle 
of Antietam, fought on the seventeenth day of Septem- 
ber. 

Now December fifteenth, two days after the battle of 
Fredericksburg, in the midst of a cold wintry night of 
wind, rain and snow, the Federal forces recrossed the 
Rappahannock under most distressing and disheartening 
circumstances. 

The " Boys in Blue " had, after three days' occupation 



THE COMBAT. 183 

of the Fredericksburg plains, retreated in the face of an 
unsuspecting, unconscious foe. The latter were lulled to 
rest in the belief that they beld the Federal army in a 
secure position, from which there was no escape other 
than by inglorious retreat. This was considered scarcely 
possible, from the well-known bravery of the Federal 
commander, coupled with the disgrace naturally attend- 
ing such a proceeding. The Confederates therefore lay 
in their snug tents on that stormy night, dreaming of an 
easy victory on the morrow, followed by the surrender 
of the entire Federal army. 

Delusive dream ! Delusive hope ! For when the 
day broke, and before another sun had risen, these too 
sanguine souls looked out on the plains where at night- 
fall lay encamped a mighty host in the panoply of 
war, and saw naught now but a few stunted bushes, 
here and there a solitary tree. Not a living soul was 
there, only now and then a cluster of mounds, in 
which lay the last remains of many a brave spirit who 
had there laid down a life for the preservation of a 
nation, his birthright, and the honor of a flag, his coun- 
try's emblem of freedom. 



CHAPTER XXVIII. 



THE COMBAT. 



THE staunch cruiser Black Eagle has sailed from 
the port of New York with flying colors, a spank- 
ing breeze, " all sail set." Thus standing out to sea, she 
made rapid progress, for she has proved a fast sailer. 

The day was waning; the shades of night drew 
near ; the long low-lying distant hills faded in the gloom, 
with now and then a faint glimmering star seen through 
the fog-laden atmosphere; nought surrounding but a 
wild waste of waters ; and while the great maritime 
port of the New World lay behind, thousands of miles 
of broad ocean expanse lay before. 



184 THE COMBAT. 

Our friends are now at last at sea on board the great 
ship so long in preparation for a lengthy voyage, and 
no vessel hud ever before sailed from any American 
port better manned, provisioned, armed and equipped. 

It may well be asked, where the destination of the 
Black Eagle and what her purpose. Of this none could 
tell until sealed instructions in the possession of the cap- 
tain should be opened when arriving at a certain latitude 
of the Southern seas. Now three days out, a length of 
time sufficient to prove the sailing powers of the noble 
ship, favoring winds rapidly wafting her on her way, the 
whole ship's company settled down to their various 
duties. 

On the fourth morning out, just as the sun rose from 
out the horizon, the lookout reported a deuse column of 
smoke lifting in the east. Soon after appeared the colors 
from the topmast, then the tall smoke stack, now the 
long low black hull of an armed steamer, evidently in 
pursuit of the Black Eagle ; as coming directly toward 
her, moving with great speed, columns of black smoke 
rising from the funnel, she displays from the masthead 
the Union flag, while at the, moment of being run up, 
a heavy gun is discharged, the shot passing directly in 
front of the bow of the ship. 

Captain Perkins now gave the order, when the ship 
was " hove to," the steamer approaching to within hail- 
ing distance. It proved a revenue cutter of the larger 
class, completely manned and heavily armed, the bright 
shining metal of a long brass thirty-two pounder mid- 
ship, while from a dozen open ports protruded the black 
muzzles of as many pieces of heavy ordnance. 

One of the largest and most powerful revenue vessels 
in the service, she was engaged in looking after smug- 
glers, at the same time protecting innocent merchant- 
men, both out-going and in -coming, from the depre- 
dations of Confederate cruisers; wlio prowling about, 
chanced now and then to light on some merchant vessel, 
usually satisfied by confiscating such goods as might be 
made of use, and other vakiables always acceptable. 



THE COMBAT. 185 

The Black Eagle hove to. A boat manned by a half- 
score of sailors at the oars, one half this number of 
marines as guard, headed by a lieutenant, was swiftly 
rowed to the side of the cruiser, when the officer in 
command asked in a haughty manner and athoritative 
tone of voice : 

" Is this the Black Eagle, commanded by Captain 
Jonathan Perkins ? " 

Being answered in the affirmative by the captain him- 
self, who upon the approach of the steamer had taken 
position at the stern, the lieutenant said : 

" Sir, I am sent in pursuit of a condemned criminal, 
one Herman Baxter, under the authority of the Govern- 
ment of the United States. I demand his surrender 
from your hands, to be placed in possession of my own, 
peaceably if possible, by force if necessary." 

" Well, lieutenant, with all due respect both to your- 
self and the United States Government — the latter, whose 
authority alone I recognize, and under whose flag I sail 
— he cannot, will not, and to be plain in the matter, shall 
not, be delivered up to you without my consent. You 
will, I am confident, fail in your undertaking. In expla- 
nation I will say, my friend Baxter was arrested, tried, 
found guilty and condemned under a false accusation and 
by perjured testimony. Of this I am fully convinced. 
And having taken him under my protection, I shall not 
of my own accord deliver him up to you. On the con- 
trary, I shall protect him from all harm to the best of 
my ability and the power of the vessel on whose deck I 
now stand." 

Upon hearing these nobly spoken sentiments of their 
commander, the entire ship's company loudly cheered, 
thus showing the sympathy they felt and good will they 
entertained for their comrade, the ship's clerk. 

Going back a little to the evening the Black Eagle 
sailed from New York, it must be stated that Herman 
Baxter, known to Captain Perkins as Charles Le Clair, 
had informed him as to his standing, and why he was 
going under an assumed name. He told him the whole 



186 THE COMBAT. 

story of his life, as lie bad previously told the captain's 
daughter Bessie. 

The lieutenant commanding the revenue cutter, reply- 
ing to the threats of Captain Perkins, said : 

" Sir, you have lieard the orders of the Government 
which I, as the accredited agent, shall most surely carry 
into effect, as I am bound to obey them at whatever 
hazard. The choice, sir, lies with you either to deliver 
up this man peaceably, or I shall be compelled to take 
him by force, as I before said. The alternative now 
rests with you. Choose which you will accept." 

" Why," replied the undaunted captain, a smile of 
derision meanwhile settling over his good-humored face, 
" I have no choice in the matter. For if you choose to 
attack my ship, of course it may be your right so to do ; 
therefore, the alternative rests with you, not with me, 
certainly. So, my dear lieutenant, if you desire to chal- 
lenge me to combat, if that is what all this talk amounts 
to, I have only this to say : I accept the challenge and 
throw down the gauntlet, and in your own words, 
' choose which you will accept,' Yet understand me in 
this, attack if you will, but at your peril I I've no desire 
to shed blood. At the same time, to shield this young 
man who has thrown himself on my protection, I shall 
not, if forced so to do, hesitate in taking summary meas- 
ures to that end. Therefore, I again say, take the risk 
of attacking this ship at your peril I " 

The commander of the revenue cutter, finding nothing 
could be gained by further parley, returned to his vessel. 
A few moments later the drum was heard beating to 
quarters, the gunners meanwhile stationing themselves 
at their respective posts. The guns were double shotted, 
then swung round, and the starboard battery was brought 
to bear full against the supposed unarmed merchantman. 
Yet never was an opponent more thoroughly deceived, 
as he soon found to his cost. 

At this juncture, the lieutenant commanding the Gov- 
ernment vessel, being a good-hearted, well-disposed man, 
who had no desire to injure the JBlack Eagle or her 



THE COMBAT. 187 

people, hesitated a few moments before giving the order 
to open fire, thinking Captain Perkins in the meantime 
might come to his senses and deliver the culprit into his 
hands without loss of life or damage to the vessel. Then 
weary of longer waiting, he ordered the gunners to 
deliver their fire, which upon being done, a deafening 
report followed, but with a contrary effect to that calcu- 
lated upon by the people of the cutter. The heavy solid 
shot from these guns struck the hull of the armored 
ship, flying in all directions, dropping without doing the 
least damage into the sea. 

Supposing the ship against which they had launched 
the thunderbolts of destruction simply an unarmed 
merchant vessel, whose wooden hull naturally would 
present but little obstacle to the solid shot from their 
heavy guns, they could scarcely credit their senses when 
they saw the shot glancing from her sides. But a still 
greater surprise awaited the crew of the ill-fated steamer, 
when the concealed ports of the Black Eagle flew open 
as by magic, the guns hastily run out and a seething 
mass of fire, smoke and flame burst forth, shot from half 
a score of guns, crashing, tearing, rending the cutter as 
if her walls were but paper, causing consternation, 
mingled with fear and dread, to all on board. 

Wearing slowly round, the starboard battery was 
brought into action, each gun hurling its death-dealing 
missiles crashing through the sides and over the deck of 
the doomed ships. A solid shot piercing the boilers, an 
explosion resulted, rending into fragments the powerful 
steamer. 

Never before was a like scene witnessed by Captain 
Perkins or those on board. As the hull lifted high in 
air, rising above and through the dense clouds of smoke 
and steam, broken timbers and parts of the heavy 
machinery were seen, accompanied in their upward flight 
by the half-burned, scalded bodies of the crew ; and 
when the dense mass of clouds rising, brought the scene 
to view, nothing remained of the once proud ship and 
her brave crew save a few floating timbers, fragments of 



188 THE COMBAT. 

broken masts, pieces of tlie shattered hull, and a number 
of blackened and charred bodies of the ill-fated occu- 
pants, whose commander had so recently challenged the 
Black Eayle to combat, unequal as supposed and as was 
proved, though not in the manner anticipated. The arm- 
ored sides of the cruiser so artfully concealed, the arm- 
ament hidden, the revenue cutter people little suspected 
the volcano they had set in motion, or the powerful guns 
concealed there till too late. And a sad mistake it 
proved, for not one was left, not one spared of that body 
of courageous seamen, marines and officers, acting under 
authority of their own government, anticipating but 
little show of resistance from an antagonist of such peace- 
ful aspect, but who in reality possessed such an immense 
power. 

A boat was now hastily manned, putting off from the 
Black Eagle, seeking to save any who might be discov- 
ered floating about the wreck. But not one was found 
living, nor scarcely a vestige of the proud ship so lately 
flaunting the Stars and Stripes — the emblem of her 
nation's power and glory — in the face of a seemingly 
helpless antagonist. 

The fatal results attending the combat were as little 
anticipated by Captain Perkins as by the commander of 
the Government vessel, as while only desirous of teach- 
ing them a lesson to not again ruthlessly attack a vessel 
of which they had no previous knowledge as to her 
character and power, he had not counted on dealing with 
his antagonist in this summary manner. In fact, Captain 
Perkins had little idea of the terrific effect of his own 
guns, else he would have hesitated before directing them 
in full force against a foe so greatly his inferior. In 
almost every respect, he therefore, as a result of this 
short but sanguinary battle, considered his vessel nearly 
invulnerable, when taking into account her steel-armored, 
ball-proof sides, powerful armament and brave,thoroughly 
loyal, intelligent crew. It was then but natural that he 
should regret an occurrence having so fatal a termination, 
yet he consoled himself by the reflection that " all is fair 



THE SEALED DISPATCHES AND THEIR FATE. 189 

in love and war," more especially the latter ; his friend, 
whom the revenue cutter's people were so anxious to 
make their victim, doubtless concurring in the sentiment. 

"Ya, yal" Massa Captain, "Yo' don' gib dem revenue 
cutta foks da wakin' papas mity sudden. Fo' de Lawd, 
da' gwyne ter kindom cum so fas' dey nebba travel befor.' 
Guess da' no trubble ship', clerk, no mo' fo' sum time. 
Ya, ya ! But, Massa Captain, how da' fly in de air ! 
"Wonda wot da' tink 'bout de Brack Ewjle^ tink we no 
fools fo' suah. De deffil got 'em sho nuff, by dis time." 

Caesar, Captain Perkins' black cook, was a character, 
and an especial favorite, not only with the officers, but 
all on board ; as he was unusally good hearted, and like 
the most of the negro race, good natured, lively and full 
of fun. He was at the same time an excellent cook, 
understanding its mysteries to perfection, having been 
trained in the family of a wealthy Southern gentleman. 

Accompanying the son of his master to New York, 
who, a successful applicant for the position of marine, 
had taken him on board the Black Eagle, so highly rec- 
ommending him to the captain that he had been at 
once taken into his employ as chief cook ; and Captain 
Perkins never had occasion to regret the choice, as after 
events will show. 



CHAPTER XXIX. 

THE SEALED DISPATCHES AND THEIR FATE. 

TWO weeks have now passed. The Black Eagle mak- 
ing good progress, the weather being all that could 
be desired, the wind steady, the affairs of the ship going on 
smoothly, nothing seemed wanting in the way of a 
prosperous voyage. 

The seamen, meanwhile, had become thoroughly ac- 
customed to their duties, the marines were daily drilled 
to the use of email arms, the artillerymen learned to 



190 THE SEALED DISPATCHES AND THEIR FATE. 

handle the heavy ordinance with ease and dispatch, so 
that when the time should arrive and opportunity occur 
to put their skill into practice, nothing would be found 
wanting. Captain Perkins estimated, and with good 
reason, that to feel proud of his ship and confident in her 
people was an undoubted right, and one also that could 
not well be disputed. 

The ship was now nearing the latitude, when the seals 
of the dispatches were to be broken, thus it may be 
easily conceived that considerable anxiety would be 
naturally felt by both officers and men regarding their 
destination. So one fine morning, breakfast over, the 
temperature gradually rising from day to day as tbey ap- 
proached the tropical regions, the captain sent orders for 
the officers to meet in the cabin, and when all were as- 
sembled, addressed them, saying : 

" Gentlemen, "we have now reached the point designat- 
ed in the sealed dispatches, where we are to be in- 
formed in regard to the object of this cruiser and our 
destination, concerning both of which I am as much in 
the dark as you," Then breaking the seals and unrolling 
the all-important document, he read the following: 

"To Captain Jonathan Perkins: 

^^ Sir — I have the honor to inform you, that the ship 
Black Eagle^ heretofore in your charge and so ably com- 
manded, is a Confederate cruiser, her object that of cap- 
turing merchant vessels or others sailing under the 
Union flag ; in short, to destroy and in every possible 
manner cripple the naval armament of our enemies. 

"Having thus stated plainly our object, you will, with- 
out hesitation or the least delay, proceed to place the 
Black Eagle in readiness for such service," 

Dashing the obnoxious document to the floor, then 
stamping on and tearing it into fragments, his counte- 
nance, meanwhile, plainly showing the anger burning 
within him, Captain Perkins turned to the first mate, 
shouting in no uncertoin tones, "About ship I We go no 
further on this damnable business." 



THE SEALED DISPATCHES AND THEIR FATE. 191 

At this instant, the door of an adjoining stateroom, 
hitherto sealed, was thrown violently open, a young 
man, in dashing Confederate naval uniform, strode out, 
evidently laboring under great excitement, and addressed 
Captain Parkins in unmistakable language. 

"Sir, why do you thus rutlalessly trample on and des- 
troy those dispatches which, not only placed in your 
charge, but addressed to yourself in person, might at the 
least have been spared this indignity, especially when 
confided to you in good faith. What mean yoa, sir, in thus 
defying my orders? Are not you aware that I am your 
superior officer, the sole legitimate owner and executive 
commander of a ship of war, constructed under my 
personal supervision and direction, manned, armed and 
equipped by my orders? And I would still farther have 
you to know I am in the service of the Confeder- 
ate States of America, and that I alone have borne the 
entire expense attending the building, outfit, and all 
things pertaining to the ship, in proof of which, here is 
my commission authorizing me to prey on the Federal 
Navy, whether of merchant or other vessel sailing 
under the hated Stars and Stripes. 

" Do you, sir, make objection to serve in this or any 
other manner a cause both just and right? " continued 
the Confederate commander, as standing before the 
captain in full glow of youthful manhood, his eyes 
blazing with excitement, he seemed scarcely able to 
control his emotions. 

He was a man not more than thirty years of age ; in 
person of medium height, genteel bearing, and with a 
countenance pleasing, yet indicative of great courage 
and commanding ability, combined with high intellect- 
ual capacity. Thus he could scarcely fail to produce on 
the mind of his hearer a most favorable impression, even 
though the captain condemned a cause this man would, 
without the shadow of doubt be the means of so greatly 
assisting. 

*' I do, sir," replied the now thoroughly aroused cap- 
tain. " Think you I am dastard enough to renounce in 



192 THE SEALED DISPATCHES AND THEIR FATE. 

tliis mauner, allegiance to my country and my naiion's 
flag, accepting favors from her enemies ; thus to destroy 
her navy and merchant fleets, sailing under the protec- 
tion of its broad folds on the high seas free to all? No, 
sir, understand me in this : I am a Union man, loyal to 
the core, having not one particle of sympathy with a 
government founded on fraud and misrepresentation, 

"I have served you faithfully and to the best of my 
ability in working the Black Eagle thus far on her way; 
and my only regret now is that I should have been 
the innocent contributor in assisting your infamous 
schemes and the enemies of my country in their wicked 
unhallowed designs. Accept my immediate resignation, 
sir, of this or any other post coming within your juris- 
diction. Understanding as I do that I am in your 
power, I ask no favors at your hands." 

Turning to the first mate, the new commander said. 
'* Keep the ship on her v/ay." Then to the captain of 
marines, " Put this man in irons." Then addressing the 
officers of the ship standing round, all of whom were 
naturally surprised at this sudden and wholly unlooked 
for change of aflairs, " Are there others present who de- 
sire to follow the lead of the hrave captain? If so, 
please let it be known at once." 

Ujion hearing these words spoken sarcastically by the 
commanding officer, the ship's clerk ranged himself 
alongside Captain Perkins, followed by the captain's 
cook, Csesar, who said : 

" Me nebba leav' Massa Captin." 

" Confine these two men in their quarters, and send 
this black devil to the hold," shouted the commander. 
" We will soon see who is master here. Every man 1 
suppose has aright to his own opinion, but, damn me, 
if I can quite make it out why so sensible a man and 
competent an officer should turn his back on so fine a 
position, as he has held on board this ship for the sake 
of a small matter of opinion. As to this fellow Baxter, 
the ship's clerk, it won't be much trouble to fill his place, 
though I believe I'd rather lose both these men than 



THE SEALED DISPATCHES AND THEIR FATE. 193 

Cgesar, for he is a thoroughly good cook. Perhaps, 
however, a little persuasion, with the promise of extra 
pay, or, in the event of that failing, a judicious use of 
the 'cat ' will bring him round all right ; the latter we 
will not resort to, unless in extremity." 

The young naval officer, who has thus so unexpectedly 
appeared in the midst of the officers of the Black Eagle 
summoned by Captain Perkins, to listen to the reading 
of the sealed dispatches, and about Avhich all felt so 
deep an interest, is none other than the " old man," who 
in disguise had supervised the building of the Black 
Eagle, from the time the keel was laid until fully com- 
pleted, then totally disappearing until he appeared now 
on board taking command. 

It was he also who forwarded the dispatch soliciting 
the aid of Captain Perkins in securing the crew and 
marines, also the outfit, armament and stores, and lastly, 
it was tliis same old man who had sent the captain 
those sealed dispatches, causing the present commo- 
tion, and change of the ship's affairs, and who, in the 
person of this elegantly attired naval officer, is none 
other than Sir Eldred Eomayne, a nobleman of immense 
wealth, residing in the north of England, who had from 
the first, espoused the cause of the South in the secces- 
sion movement. Upon the murmurings of the gentle 
breeze so soon to gather its forces in a swiftly rushing, 
overpowering tempest, rending a nation in fragments, he 
had left his delightful home, crossed the ocean and 
traveled through the states of the South, seeking infor- 
matiou as to the real motives underlying the uprising of 
a nation, the faint mutterings of whose thunder had 
been borne over the sea, heard and listened to in every 
remote hamlet, town and city in the whole length and 
breadth of the Old World. Then having, as he hon- 
estly believed, acquired sufficient information of a char- 
acter warranting him in taking a course in opposition to 
the enemies of his chosen section, he had been at an im- 
mense outlay in the construction of the Black Eagle. 
Afterward placing her at the disposal of the Confederate 
12 



194 THE SEALED DISPATCHES AND THEIR FATE. 

Government, lie received a commission empowering 
him to capture, destroy, and by every known method, 
lying in his power, wage warfare on all Union vessels, 
comprising her navy, whether of armed or merchant 
marine. 

The owner of vast inherited estates, from which he 
derived a large income ; with no social ties or family 
binding him to any settled course of action, as he was a 
bachelor, the opportunity presenting, he resolved to 
gratify a natural love of adventure by active participa- 
tion in the stiring scenes of naval warfare. More es- 
pecially as home and its peaceful surroundings had be- 
come monotonous if not actually tiresome, to one now 
in the very prime of life, he longed for something, he 
could hardly have told what, to relieve his energetic 
mind from the everyday affairs of a quiet life, and as 
the opportunity now presented, he resolved to avail him- 
self of its privileges. 

The ship again on her course. Sir Edward ordered his 
first officer to summon all hands on deck, then going up 
himself, took a station directly in front of the line and 
thus addressed them : 

"Lads, as I have just informed your officers, this ship 
of war is in the service of the government of the Con- 
federate States of America. You, as I understand and 
as I desired, were recruited from Southern sea-ports, 
naturally therefore, are in sympathy with the Southern 
people. This if true is as I could wish. I hold in my 
hand a commission, signed, by the president of the 
seceding states, also by the secretary of the navy, auth- 
orizing me to take supreme control and command of 
this vessel, to go where I please and cruise where I may, 
its object to destroy the Federal Navy wherever found, 
and in whatever seas. Now,at the outset, let's have a fair 
understanding. 

Each and all of you, while receiving good pay, larger 
probably than is usual to the service, will be entitled to 
an equitable share of prize money of all captured vessels, 
the several amounts to be divided pro-rata according to 



THE SEALED DISPATCHES AND THEIR FATE. 195 

rank. Also understand rae in this : while jour income 
from wages and prize money in the aggregate will be 
large, the labor attending will be equally so ; in other 
words your money will be honestly earned, as I shall 
expect every man, in whatsoever position, to do his duty 
faithfully, manfully, at all times acting the part of a 
gentleman. Are there any among your number who 
decline the service? If so, please step forward. 

" As there seemed to be no others desirous of changing 
their condition," all having kept position in line. Sir 
Edward continued, "You will now each one take the 
oath of allegiance to the Confederate Government," which 
being administered, to the first mate he said, " I hereby 
appoint you as sailing master of the Black Eagle^ in 
place of Captain Jonathan Perkins ; who, by his own act 
has vacated the position. James Edwards, I hereby ad- 
vance you to the rank of first mate. Do you accept the 
appointment ? " 

"Aye, aye, sir, and many thanks to you," 
" Very well, sir. Do your duty — that is all I ask." 
The lower officers being now advanced a grade, the 
marine corps were ordered on deck, headed by their 
commander, to whom Sir Edward said, " Do you each and 
all swear allegiance, to the President and Government of 
the Confederate States of America ? " 

All, without hesitation answering in the affirmative, 
the executive commander continued, saying ; " My 
friends, the service in which you are enlisted and about 
to engage, and to which you have sworn fealty, is one 
requiring courage, endurance, and above all, loyalty to 
your government and perfect obedience to your 
superiors. Your duty is not only to protect your 
ship, but also to wage war on the enemies of your 
country, and government, seeking, by every honorable 
means known to modern warfare, to crush, and subjugate 
them. I say honorable means as we are in no sense of 
the word pirates, only waging a warfare legalized by all 
civilized nations. Are you all agreed in this? " 
" We are, sir," was the hearty response. 



196 THE SEALED DISPATCHES AND THEIR FATE. 

Unrolliug a flag bearing the insignia of the govern- 
ment so newly established, the gallant commander 
placed it in the hands of the sailing master wlio spread 
its folds to the breeze, then he removed another from its 
leather case consisting of a white ground, in the centre 
the figure of a black eagle with wings outstreached in 
readiness to strike its prey. This was ordered sent to 
the mast head. 

As all things on board ship were now adjusted to his 
satisfaction, Sir Eldred took occasion to call upon the 
two malcontents, whom he found, not as he expected, 
cast down and depressed, but cheerful and evidently re- 
signed to whatever fate might be in store for them. 

Kindly addressing them, he said that while grieved, at 
finding it necessary to take this summary course, he 
considered it not only justifiable but necessary for the 
welfare of both the cause and the government under 
whose instructions and laws he acted ; and that while at 
all times desiring to act honestly and justly, he must, 
when occasion so required, seemingly take harsh meas- 
ures. At the same time he desired them to understand 
he had no prejudice or ill feeling against them per- 
sonally. 

"Now, gentlemen," he continued, "while you remain 
on board this vessel, I shall see to it that all things nec- 
essary for your comfort are provided. Yet should you 
continue to persist in your present course, I shall be 
compelled to put you ashore on the first island we 
chance to meet, possibly far away from the usual track 
of the navigation of these seas ; there leaving you to the 
uncertain chance of rescue, and what is more, the probabil- 
ity of a permanent habitation, a fate certainly not to be 
desired, yet one of which you are the sole arbiter? " 

" Very well, sir," replied the undismayed captain, "on 
my part, I accept the conditions. Take your own course, 
Sir Eldred. I ask no favors nor plead aught in extenua- 
tion of the course T have chosen to pursue. What say 
you, Herman ? " 

" My dear, faithful, loyal friend, who have at all times 



THE SEALED DISPATCHES AND THEIB FATE. 197 

and under all circumstances so nobly stood by me, risk- 
ing your own life to save mine, putting yourself in posi- 
tions of the utmost peril that I might escape shame, 
ignominy and unmerited death, why I can only say this, 
that whatsoever you choose to do, in tliat I most cheer- 
fully concur, and wheresoever you prefer to go, I faith- 
fully follow. I can truthfully say from the bottom of 
my heart that I would rather be cast on the most barren 
isle of the sea than join the enemies of my native land 
in their unhallowed schemes. In fact, death were pref- 
erable." 

A week now passed, nothing of particular note occur- 
ring in the meantime, until, one morning, shortly before 
sunrise, the lookout, from the mast head, shouted, *' Land 
ho!" 

" Where away ? " asked the ofl&cer in charge. 
" Two points off the larboard bow, sir." 
" What does it look like ? " 

" It has the appearance, sir, of an island. I can see the 
top of hills, in the distance, though it is too faraway as 
yet to distinguish objects clearly." 

Commander Romayne was now called to the deck, 
when, after taking a hasty observation, he ordered the 
ship's course altered, steering direct for the land, where, 
after a couple of hours' rapid progress, anchor was drop- 
ped as near to the shore as was deemed safe. 

A boat was now lowered, our friends put on board 
and safely conveyed to the shore of what appeared a 
most beautiful " gem of the sea," where as voluntary 
exiles they were to be left far away "from the usual 
course of either steamship or sailing vessel, the faith- 
ful C£esar following, saying, "Me no leab Massa Captin." 

The boat which had landed the exiles, soon returning, 
reported to Commander Romayne the beautiful appear- 
ence and pleasant surroundings of the island, when one 
of the largest ship's boats was ordered loaded with sup- 
plies sufficient to last for not less than a couple of years ; 
which landed, a second load was conveyed to the shore, 
the generous-hearted commander saying he desired to 



198 THE SEALED DISPATCHES AND THEIR FATE. 

provide his unwise friends with the necessaries of life, 
until such time as they would be in a position to provide 
for themselves. 

The entire ship's company now appeared on deck to 
witness the landing of their old captain, the ship's clerk 
and Cgesar, all of them having formed a great liking for 
these men. 

The boat now returned to the ship, having done their 
errand well, for they had landed large and most ample 
stores consisting of provisions, implements both of hus- 
bandry and warfare, together with many other things 
tending to the comfort and probable prolonged existence 
of their friends on these distant stores. So returning, to 
the great ship, the order was given to weigh anchor, 
sail was set, and they were soon again on their wa}'" to 
destroy both the vessels and lives of their countrymen, 
simply from a sectional difference of opinion. As the 
towering ship sailed away, a loud and hearty cheer burst 
spontaneously from every man, responded to by a faint 
hurrah from the exiles on shore, who remained at the 
seaside, their ej^es fastened on the sails of the fast 
fading vessel so majestically moving on her way, until 
the last vestige of her topmast sank below the horizon. 
Then sadly turning shoreward, they strode a little way 
inland, seeking a secure place to shelter their priceless 
stores, as also a habitation for themselves, both of which 
were of the most urgent necessity, as they were now to 
found a new home, take up a new life, in every way so 
different from anything heretofore experienced under cir- 
cumstances however much more favorable than they had 
any reason to expect. 



ON THE ISLAND. 199 



CHAPTBK XXX. 

ON THE ISLAND. 

AS our friends retreated inland from the sea, the 
beach gently rose as they advanced, while enor- 
mous trees, their majestic trunks lifted to the skies, the 
wide branching arms extending on either side, forming 
a safe protection from the sun's powerful rajs by day and 
the heavy dews of night, greeted tbem on their way. 
As far as the eye could reach, a landscape of most beauti- 
ful aspect was presented, while great masses of tropical 
foliage clustered thickly round. 

Aquatic fowl, in almost every variety, swarmed in 
immense flocks overhead and about, evidently in great 
wonderment at this intrusion on their hitherto undis- 
turbed rights, while monkeys leaped from branch to 
branch of the great forest trees, chattering their displeas- 
ure at the novel spectacle of this new, magnified person- 
ation of theniselves. 

Caesar, who had gone ahead of his companions, now 
came running back, exclaiming, *' Massa Captain, I don 
fin, splendid place fo de provision. Dar am a big rock 
all holler under, an it am jest de nicest place you ebber 
seed to keep dem in." 

Then leading the way to " the big rock," Caesar cried, 
" Heyar it am." 

It proved on examination a sort of cavern, hollowed 
under a projecting ledge of massive rock, an admirable 
place under which to shelter their stores, which they at 
once commenced removing from the beach to this place 
of security. But what was their unbounded delight and 
measure of satisfaction, upon beholding the stores of 
provisions, arms, ammunition, carpenters' and gardening 
tools, so generousl}^ bestowed upon them by the noble 
commander of the Black Eagle! 



200 ON THE ISLAND. 

Taking an inventory there was disclosed a lage cask 
of salt pork, one of beef, six cliests of sea biscuit, a large 
cask of sugar, three sacks of potatoes, several others of 
both wheat and corn flour, and a bag of salt, besides a 
number of bushels of different kinds of grain. 

Among the list of arms and ammunition, were three 
new muskets, two revolvers, three kegs of gun powder, 
several bags of shot and musket balls, two heavy axes, a 
set of carpenters' tools, consisting of a saw, chisels of dif- 
ferent sizes, and augurs. Taken altogether it was a most 
splendid outfit for these poor men, who were now to rely 
upon their own unaided efforts perhaps never again to 
meet or set eyes on any civilized human being. Upon 
removing 'the stores, a most welcome and unexpected 
addition was found, no less than a sack of beans, one of 
peas and a general supply of garden seeds, the latter 
especially welcome. It might be deemed out of place 
that a vessel of war, and one acting solely in that 
capacity, should have been encumbered with articles of 
this description and miscellaneous character, more espe- 
cially designed for colonizing purposes. But it must be 
understood that Captain Perkins was a more than usually 
thoughtful and painstaking man, and when provision- 
ing the Black Eagle, he had taken thought of these lit- 
tle affairs, not for a moment supposing he would have 
use for them, but simply as a matter of precaution in 
case of an emergency arising either to his own or some 
other ship's company. 

The captain was an old sailor it might be truthfully 
said, brought up on the ocean, and in his many voyages 
to distant lands and seas, he had met with adventures, 
some of little account, others of the greatest importance, 
to the lives of marines. 

Thus he had in this instance departed from the usual 
course in making up the outfit of the Black Eayle, plac- 
ing on board in an out-of-the-way place, the various 
articles, now so acceptable, and which, in their present 
situation, would prove of more real value than tons of 
silver and orold. So, when about to take leave ofth© 



ON THE ISLAND, 201 

ship, Captain Perkins had called the atteutiou of com- 
mander Eomayne to this, telling him where the articles 
were stored, so that when the boats were being loaded, 
he directed them placed on board, remarking : " It is 
not only my desire, but also my greatest pleasure, that 
everything be done tending in anywise to both your pres- 
ent comfort and future well-being." 

The islanders now went to work with a will, their 
depressed spirits having given place to those of a more 
cheering nature. With good courage and a hopeful 
future, they commenced removing their stores to the 
rocky cavern discovered by Caesar, it proving ample 
in size and quite dry, promising all that could be desired, 
for the present at least, tending to the security of their 
stores, to them of priceless value. 

Night now, suddenly and with little warning, drop- 
ping upon them, as is of common occurrence in tropical 
latitudes, darkness, almost immediately following the 
setting of the sun, they spread their blankets under the 
large forest trees and lay down to rest, thankful at hav- 
ing escaped the Black £'ar/?e'sdetestedservice, and grate- 
ful to her commander for the thoughtful care displayed 
in so generously providing them with the necessaries of 
life, not only for the present, but a considerable period of 
time in the future, at least until with nature's bountiful 
assistance they would be able to provide for themselves. 
The waters surrounding them abounded in fish in 
unlimited supplies, while sea turtle of enormous size were 
abundant, wild fowl also were seen in immense flocks, 
flying in all directions, in all probability never before dis- 
turbed, as they seemed wholly unsuspicious as to the 
character of their new neighbors so abruptly dropped in 
their midst. 

In addition to these various means of subsistence, when 
the proper season should arrive, they would sow the seeds 
of grain and vegetables, corn, beans, wheat, and plant 
their potatoes, of which they had a goodly supply, thus 
placing themselves above want, if not in actual com- 
fort. 



202 ON THE ISLAND. 

Thus we find them on the fourth morning of their 
arrival on these lonely but pleasant shores. The late 
ship's clerk having risen quite early, not wishing to dis- 
turb the slumbers of his sleeping companions, who, from 
the uuusual fatigue consequent upon getting settled in 
their new quarters, were lying abed rather late, had 
started to try his luck fishing. 

Hastening along the beach for nearly a mile, he came 
to the mouth of a small stream where it entered a little 
cove. Here, halting, he dropped his line in the still, 
deep water, and a half hour later had secured a large 
supply of fine fish, returning at breakfast time, to find 
Csesar turning his attention to preparing the morning 
meal, first dressing the fish, which when cooked, as only 
the skilled black could, were heartily relished. In 
addition, a cup of excellent coffee and a generous supply 
of ship biscuits furnished a breakfast not to be despised. 

The meal over, Herman accompanied by the captain, 
started out to bring in a turtle which he had turned over 
in the early morning : it proved quite a heavy load. 

The hour of noon having arrived, Csesar with his 
usual skill, prepared an excellent dinner, which was soon 
disposed of, as seated on improvised stools, technically so 
called, really blocks of wood, the meal was eaten with 
great relish, as from out door life, combined with severe 
labor, they had taken on an almost insatiable appetite. 

Ca3sar was now busily engaged in cleaning away the 
remains of the meal, the captain and Herman placidly 
smoked their pipes, a large amount of satisfaction beam- 
ing from their faces. The young man broke the silence 
by saying: 

"Captain Perkins, we have been on the island nearly 
four days. What say you to making a tour of investiga- 
tion into the interior, finding what our domain has in 
store for us ; as from what little we have thus far seen, it 
must be very beautiful, healthful and productive? The 
soil is deep, and I should judge rich, the climate nearly 
peifect, from which facts I think we will have little diffi- 
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wliicli a kind providence lias bountifully placed within our 
reach ; and were we not so far from our native land, cut 
off' from all intercourse with our fellows, I am sure I 
should be quite content to remain here for life. What 
say you, Captain ? " 

"Well, ray boy," said he, taking a fresh whiff", sending 
up a cloud of smoke before removing the pipe from his 
mouth, "first, this is good tobacco Sir Edward has so 
generously supplied us with, and for which he has my 
thanks. Secondly, I quite agree with you, in the esti- 
mate you place on the beauty and fertility of our island ; 
its pleasant, I might well say charming surroundings, 
the perfection of its climate (though its temperature 
makes a fellow sweat like the dickens), and all that. 
Yet altogether it probably could not be much improved, 
and as to a future home, I think you may rest easy on 
that score. It's my candid opinion that we are booked 
on these shores for the terra of our natural lives, whether 
long or short, because, you see, we are far out of the 
track of either steam craft or sailing vessels, whether 
merchantman or man of war, and unless driven from her 
course by storm of wind or wave, no vessel of whatever 
character will ever appear to gladden our eyes or cheer 
our lonely condition. Neither do I think it probable 
we will ever again set eyes on any human being, unless, 
perchance, some dark skinned, smoke tanned, heathen 
from a neighboring island put in an appearance, sneak- 
ing round in search of a tender missionary to roast, of 
which they are said to be very fond ; in which event, I 
would prefer to stand in Ceesar's shoes, as they would 
not be likely to trouble one blacker than themselves. 
Then again, we are located right in the regions of cani- 
bal savages, but as none have as yet shown themselves, 
nor have we met signs of any, I ara in hopes, we may 
not have occasion to waste our gunpowder on their 
blasted hides. Still, judging from the appearance of the 
wild beasts roaming the forest, the fowl who do not 
seem frightened at our approach, I am of the opinion, 
that we are the first and only human beings, civilized or 



204 ON THE ISLAND. 

savage, who have ever trod these shores. But of this, 
one thing is certain, should they drop down upon us 
with evil intent, thinking to enjoy a feast at our expense, 
we will give them a warm reception, so warm indeed, 
they will need very little fire to warm u|) the next 
missionary. But speaking of a trip to the interior, I 
am quite agreed in the matter. Suppose we start to- 
morrow morning, taking provisions for two days' journey, 
as I am sure it would not be advisable to be awa}'" 
longer, as our stores will be more or less exposed to 
the depredation of wild animals." 

This affair settled to their mutual satisfation, Caesar 
was instructed to prepare food sufficient for the length of 
time proposed by the captain, thus having all things in 
readiness for departure at an early hour on the following 
morning. 

At daybreak, all were astir, breakfast hastily eaten, 
and they were off just as the sun, rising out of the sea, 
gave them welcome and the promise of a fine day. The 
captain and Herman each shouldered a musket, in addi- 
tion, Herman carrying an axe, the captain a shovel, 
while Caesar brought up the rear with the provisions, 
blankets and cooking utensils ; thus they were fully pre- 
pared for any emergency. 

The thought had been previously suggested by the 
captain, in which Herman concurred, that in order to be 
as saving of the ammunition as possible, as in all 
probability they would not be able to replenish their 
store, to refrain from firing at wild beast or fowl unless 
absolutely necessary for safety, or to provide food as 
needed. Thus they might not have occasion to use their 
firearms for some time to come, unless attacked, in 
which event they would resort to their weapons, sparing 
neither powder or shot. 

As they advanced, each step taking them farther into 
the interior of the unbroken, unknown lands, new beau- 
ties sprang to view on every hand, many peculiarly 
interesting to the cultivated eye of the young student, 
who was far more capable of recognizing nature's charms 



ON THE ISLAND. 205 

and gifts, whatever their character or wherever shown 
than was the captain, to whom the shore, whether of 
hill, dale or mountain's height, possessed less attractions 
than the rolling billows of the storm-tossed ocean. 
Thus, many of the rare and novel scenes, coming in 
sight, which to Herman were of unusual interest, were 
to the captain of little account. 

Some three hours' leisurely travel brought them to 
the banks of a small inland lake from whose surface, 
upon the appearance of these strange visitors, rose thou- 
sands of wild fowl, their flapping wings and harsh cries 
filling the air. The lake, while not of large size, was a 
most beautiful sheet of water, surrounded on all sides 
by large trees whose heavj^ foliage shutting out the sun's 
rays, caused it to look dark, its depths seemingly fathom- 
less, while the shore was strewn with nearly every 
sort of marine shell and smoothly worn pebble, with 
here and there a moss grown rock. At its lower end, a 
stream ran clear and sparkling, flowing with rapid cur- 
rent to the sea 

Upon reaching the bank of the lake, the dark waters 
looking cool and refreshing, Csesar, who had trudged 
along in high spirits from the moment of starting, could 
contain himself no longer, and before his companions 
had time to observe what he was about, had thrown off" 
his scanty garments and plungec^ in, sinking out of sight, 
but immediately rising to the surface with a scared look, 
crying in frightened accents: " Ohl for de Lawd, Massa 
Captain, somting don cotch dis nigga ! " 

Sure enough, for upon being dragged from the water, 
an enormous fish (doubtless under the impression that 
the gods had thus placed a choice morsel at its disposal) 
was found hanging, his sharp teeth firmly imbedded in 
the flesh of the poor darkey's big toe. Upon being 
released, Csesar danced about in pain, crying, " Golly ! 
dat onmaunerly fish, don suffer fo' go to abuse dis colored 
gem man dat way." 

And suffer he did, for true to his word, upon the prize 
being secured, some generous slices were carved by 



206 ON THE ISLAND. 

Caesar from its thick flesh, a not unwelcome addition to 
their stores. 

The heat becoming oppressive at this hour of the day, 
it was thought advisable to remain, under the shade of 
the large trees until later in the afternoon, when the 
breeze from the sea, now rising, should have tempered 
the atmosphere, making travel more agreeable. So they 
halted near the bank of the lake, Caesar setting to work 
preparing for dinner, the " onmannerly " fish, which was 
cooked and eaten with hearty relish. Thus they 
remained some three hours, lying on the grassy shore, 
where they indulged in a nap. Afterwards bathing 
their faces in the cool waters, they shouldered their 
weapons, axe, shovel, cooking utensils and blankets, when 
they resumed their journey. 

A few hours later, just as the sun was sinking behind 
a distant range of hills, Ctesar, who had gone on a little 
in advance of his companions, was heard shouting, " De 
sea! De sea! C£esar am de first discoberer ob de sea! " 
And little wonder, for, through the openings of the for- 
est, were seen its open waters, nothing obstructing the 
view as far as the eye could reach. So hastening on, 
they soon reached its bank. Before them lay the broad 
expanse of ocean, no sail, no island shore, nothing but a 
wide waste of waters, the boundary of their little domain. 

Here they went into camp for the night. While on 
their way, at a late hour of the afternoon, a low range 
of hills were noticed to the west, evidently some miles 
distant. The ground gradually ascending until the high- 
est elevation was reached, they presented a beautiful 
appearance under the yellow rays of the setting sun, 
their sides shaded by dense forests, while here and there, 
the tufted crest of the stately palm reared its loft}' 
head, softly outlined against the gray background, of 
the evening sky. Herman could scarcely find words to 
express his delight upon beholding a scene of such a 
magnificent and charming nature. That these hills, were 
the western boundary of the island. Captain Perkins was 
quite positive, which afterward proved to be the case, 



ON THE ISLAND. 207 

Now quite tired and worn from the long days' travel, 
tbey lie down, nothing above but the bright shining 
stars, nothing beneath or around to disturb tlieir slumber, 
no sound save the monotonous beating of the surf on 
the rocky shore, the hum of winged insect, the howl of 
noctural beast seeking his prey, or the shrill cry of some 
lonely bird of the sea high overhead on its passage to 
distant shores. 

Along toward morning the hour when sleep holds 
the senses in deepest abeyance, both the captain and 
Herman were suddenly awakened by terrific cries in the 
voice of Caesar, " De Gost ! de Gost ! Help Caesar 1 Fo' 
de Lawd, I'se a gone nigga dis time fo' shua." 

Springing to their feet, grasping their muskets, and 
hastening to the spot from whence the noise proceeded, 
they found Caesar standing a little way off, his wooly 
hair on end, nothing to be seen of his wide open eyes 
save the upturned balls, the utmost horror depicted on 
his face, while a few rods away stood an enormous beast, 
in color and general aspect resembling an animal which 
Caesar had slain shortly after their arrival on the island. 
It seemed to hesitate whether to attack or retreat. In 
fact it was no eas}'- matter to decide which of the two 
was the most frightened, the negro or the huge beast. 

Upon explaining the affair to his friends at the close 
of the encounter, it seemed that being awakened from a 
sound sleep and seeing the animal magnified by the semi- 
darkness and gloom of the early morning, Ceesar, thor- 
oughly frightened, imagined the ghost of the previously 
slaughtered beast had appeared to revenge his slaye». 
In this superstitious belief — he shouted to his compan- 
ions to save him from the ghostly foe whose sharp claws 
were threatening his destruction, when at once bringing 
their weapons to bear, both firing at the instant, the poor 
animal soon lay stretched in the throes of death. Caesar 
danced about in great glee, shouting, " Ya! Yal Didn't 
I tol' yer so ! To friten dis po' darkey dat way ! " 

Like many another of his race, Cgesar's courage rose 
with the danger, when aecompanied by flesh and blood, 



208 ON THE ISLAND. 

but when assuming a ghostly form, he was quite unequal 
to the occasion, and while he would not hesitate to place 
himself in perilous positions when necessary for the 
preservation of either himself or friends, the appearance 
of the supposed ghost was too much for his nerves. 

Kecovering his disorganized faculties, he lighted a fire 
from the dry twigs and branches scattered thickly about, 
when soon the fragrant steam of cofi'ee asceuded ; the 
remainder of the big fish, that had so dexterously lighted 
on Csesar's toe, was fried, altogether forming a good and 
thoroughly enjoyed breakfast. Soon after the cook set 
about skinning the "onmannerly ghost," the captain say- 
ing that a few more similar conquests would furnish them 
not only a. good supply of bedding, but also clothing 
which would ere long be much needed, as their present 
supply limited as it necessarily must he, would require 
replenishing. 

The skin was soon removed and rolled up in a bundle 
so compact as to be easily carried, though Caesar said, 
"De load am gettin' radder heavy," which he found to 
his cost before reaching home, as each step on the way 
it grew more burdensome. 

All things being in readiness, the order was given, and 
they were off, light of heart and fleet of foot, for they 
were on the homeward route where rest awaited them, 
at least for a short time. Still activity was at this time 
a prime necessity, as we shall soon learn. 

Captain Perkins was desirous of taking a more round- 
about way, leading toward the chain of distant hills to 
the west, that the boundaries of their island home might 
be determined in that direction. As the sun had now 
risen in a clear sky, the day would become altogether 
too warm, for rapid travel, so they hastened on until 
about ten o'clock, when they halted at the foot of the 
high ground which rose sharply for some three hundred 
feet, while a narrow valley here and there ojiened, 
through which could be seen the waters of the sea on 
the farther side. So following one of these depressions, 
ere long they again stood on the shore of the boundless 



ON THE ISLAND. 209 

ocean, thus establishing the fact, as the captain had pre- 
dicted, of this being the boundary of that side of the 
island. 

The surface of the level ground presented a rich, park- 
like appearance, the grass short, in color a brilliant emer- 
ald, more especially when but little shaded by the heavy 
foliage of the immense forest. The trees grew in clus- 
ters, openings of large extent lying between them. 

Here they found cocoanut trees loaded with an abund- 
ance of fine fruit ; shrubs and tall bushes emitting odors 
of the rarest fragrance. Again resting a couple of hours, 
they took up the line of march, arriving at head quart- 
ers, just at sunset, having during the time of their 
absence nearly circumnavigated the boundaries of the 
island. Upon reaching that which was to them even 
more than home, as it was not only a place of shelter, 
but also the storehouse where were accumulated all their 
earthly possessions, they found everything as they had 
left it, having previously taken the precaution of barri- 
cading the entrance to the cave in anticipation of wild 
animals which might chance that way. 

Darkness and night soon coming upon the tired travel- 
ers, they slept soundly, not awakening until long after 
sunrise on the following morning, when Ceesar, who as 
usual was the first astir, was heard shouting in excited 
tones, "Massa Captain, cum quick. Golly! But look 
dar," which he did, as also his young companion, aye 
looked long and earnestly, witnessing a sight that brought 
tears to the eyes of one at least. For away on the dis- 
tant horizon, rose from the sea, columns of dark heavy 
smoke, on which their gaze rested until the last vestige 
had faded from view. 

" Well, Captain, what do you make it out?" 

" Nothing more or less than the smoke rising from the 
funnels of an ocean steamer which may be, and doubt- 
less is, more than a hundred miles away. These signs 
of ocean life, we shall often see, but never much nearer 
than the one just passed, for are you aware, we are not 
less than that distance from the direct route of ships and 
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210 ON THE ISLAND. 

the smoke from tliat vessel was probably several hundred 
feet above her deck. We are so fur distant indeed that 
the highest point on the island or the topmost bough of 
the tallest tree would not be visible from yon steamer. 

" Yes, Commander Sir Eldred Romayne well knew 
what he was doing in selecting this as our home, both 
present and future, and while one can but feel grateful 
for his kindness in granting us so many favors, yet I 
would have been better pleased, had he passed us over 
to some vessel sailing on the homeward route. How- 
ever I am not going to complain of his treatment under 
the circumstances, as he well understood our views 
regarding secession and the Confederacy ; well knowing, 
too, that should we be able to return, our every effort 
would tend in the direction of its downfall," 

" And as self-interest may be considered as a peculiar 
characteristic of one's nature and self-preservation its 
first law, why he was only acting the one and carrying 
out the other," interposed the young philosopher. 

" So on the whole," broke in the captain, " we should 
not criticise his acts too severely. Anyhow as there's 
no help, why, we must make the best of it." 

" Well, Captain," said Herman, " as for myself, I shall 
be quite content and equally well satisfied if no vessel, 
ocean steamer, man of war or merchantman, comes 
nearer to us than the one whose smoke we have just 
seen. What do you say to that, my friend ? " 

" Well, my boy, it's certainly not heresy to talk and 
feel about it as you do, and I don't know that one can 
blame you for taking this view of the case. As for 
myself, I am pretty well content, still as time passes on, 
this life now so pleasant may become wearisome ; we 
may long for the companionship of friends and our 
old homes — and — well 1 suppose we must make a virtue 
of necessity, and should it be the will of Heaven, in con- 
junction with Sir Edward, that this is to be our home for 
all time to come, why the best thing to do will be to become 
reconciled to our fate, thus striving to make our lives 
pass as agreeably as possible. Of course we must take 



ON THE ISLAND. 211 

into account the difference in age and position. While 
you are young, I am getting on in years, not old, yet at 
a time of life when, the home circle, possessed of its 
greatest attractions, has peculiar charms. Then again I 
find myself worrying about my darling daughter, who 
will grieve and mourn for her father, and when the time 
for which we enlisted on this cruise is ended and we do 
not appear, she will imagine she is left almost alone in 
the world. But let us drop these useless repiuings and 
imaginings, these thoughts of the future, and think more 
of the present ; for to tell the truth, we have any amount 
of hard work before us. 

" First in order, is a warm and comfortable house for 
ourselves, and store house for our goods and chattels. 
Secondly, to clear, and prepare an acre, at least, of rich 
soil in which to plant seeds of both grain and vegetable 
before the rainy season sets in. Our habitation must be 
made strong, as the terrific hurricanes and tempests, 
which often sweep over both the sea and land in the 
tropics are relentless in fury, overturning the large forest 
trees carrying destruction in their path. Of course this 
is not always the case, still such things have been known 
to occur, and it is best to be prepared for all emergen- 
cies. Our house must also be made water proof, for the 
complete protection of our priceless stores of both pro- 
visions and ammunition, so I propose that we set about 
its erection at once. That completed, we will turn our 
attention to our extensive farming operations, which may 
possibly be attended with more or less difficulty, as 
neither of us have had much experience in that line. 
At all events a large amount of labor will be required, 
and we have only about two months of fine weather 
before us, little time enough, I'll assure you, to get 
through the work." 

To all of these suggestions, Herman assented, as he 
invariably did to any propositions the captain saw fit to 
make, having the most perfect faith in his friend's good 
judgment. So in the afternoon, they went out to the 
forest, selecting trees of a suitable size for logs that 



212 ON THE ISLAND. 

could be readily handled and easily transported to the 
site agreed upon for the house. This done, they returned 
and on the following morning shouldered their axes and 
commenced operations. 

The trees selected were about one foot in diameter ; 
some were cut twenty feet in length, others twelve, so 
that when put in place their building would be twenty 
feet long by twelve wide. Next came the transporta- 
tion which was readily effected by using saplings a few 
inches in thickness to serve as rollers. These, by the 
help of levers, were used with good success, so that 
after some four days' labor, the logs were on the ground 
in readiness to be raised and put in place for the walls 
on the site selected for the cabin, which was on ground 
a little above the general level. Beginning the work, 
they first cut a notch at each end of the log, then plac- 
ing one above the other, the building was speedily 
erected, its height seven feet. 

For the roof, logs were split lengthwise in thin slabs, 
which being overlapped were thus made tight, imper- 
vious to the water which would run readily to the 
ground. The floor was also laid with the same material, 
also the doors, and as they had no glass (the dealers in 
that article having none on hand) they constructed heavy 
shutters, fastened on the inside by stout oaken bars, so 
that, in case of attack from either wild beast or savage, 
their snug quarters could be quite well secured. 

In the many voyages of Captain Perkins to the various 
portions of the world, accompanied as they must inevi- 
tably be by so many vicisitudes, he well understood that 
it would scarcely do to rely wholly upon appearances, 
and though thus far, they had discovered nothing war- 
ranting them in the belief that the natives of other 
islands had ever visited these shores, yet the time might 
come when these precautions would not be amis?, as the 
savages, inhabiting this part of the world, were known 
to be naturally shrewd and wary. Therefore he said, 
" Herman, we will at the outset take all needful measures 
for our future safety." 



ON THE ISLAND. 218 

This work, occupying them for some two weeks, was 
fouud quite laborious, neither being accustomed to man- 
ual labor, so their hands were blistered, faces sunburned 
and tanned, giving them the appearance of genuine 
natives. But for this they cared little, enjoying as they 
did the most perfect health, combined with appetites 
which kept Caesar on the alert to satisfy. Yet he was 
equal to the task. For what with the large and savory 
turtles, now and then a fat duck or geese, brought down 
by a well directed shot from his musket, they fared 
"sumptously every day," without seriously encroaching 
on their stores. 

Thus, as said Captain Perkins, doubtless with much 
truth, " From the time of Robinson Crusoe down to the 
present, few castaways bad been placed in equally com- 
fortable circumstances." 

The erection of the house completed, our friends could 
but look with satisfaction upon the result of well 
directed effort, combined with severe labor, which had 
terminated in a house of ample proportions, in every 
respect quite adequate to their present needs. 

Now began the work of clearing the soil from which 
they had cut the timber for their cabin, first piling 
the brush, the longer limbs being used for fire wood, 
this latter of much importance during the wet months. 
The brush burned on the ground, the fire wood was piled 
up close to the side of the house and soon became 
thoroughly dried by the sun's rays. Then with shovel and 
spade, they turned over the rich mold, about an acre in area, 
planting corn, beans, and potatoes, which would not ,be 
likely to vegetate until the rain had fallen in sufficient 
quantity to moisten the parched earth. 

This work completed, they fenced the acre with 
palings split from straight grained logs, one end sharply 
pointed driven into the soft mold to a sufficient depth to 
insure its upright position. Tims was a fence constructed 
some six feet in height, entirely enclosing the field. 

At the point nearest the house, they left an opening 
at which was placed a strong and serviceable gate, the 



214 Oif THE ISLAND. 

principal object of the enclosure being to protect their 
crop, while growing, from the depredation of animals, 
Avbo roaming about at night, would soon have destroyed 
the fruits of their hard labor. 

The cabin completed, the farm planted, their stores 
well sheltered, nothing now seemed wanting to insure 
their comfort, and the work keeping them busily 
employed for more than two months was looked upon 
with much satisfaction. They felt themselves fully pre- 
pared for any future emergency, well knowing that 
future must, in any event, depend wholly on their own 
unaided exertions. No hope, no help, no thought even 
of either from any other source was deemed possible. 
Yet what a charge a few short months had brought 
about in their circumstances? So wholly unforeseen, 
unprovided for, and it reallj^ began to seem that some 
higher power must have taken them in hand, whether 
for weal or woe, who should determine, as is ever the 
case in one's life. For oftentimes those things, at the outset 
deemed a curse, turn out our chiefest blessings. 

Up to this time, the weather had been nearly perfect, 
save at times uncomfortably warm. Yet now the tem- 
perature was daily becoming sensibly cooler ; more espe- 
cially was this the case at night time, an extra blanket 
not coming amiss. 

On a morning a few days later, rising somewhat 
earlier than was his usual habit, Captain Perkins noticed 
a dark cloud rising in the west. 

Calling the attention of Herman, (who scarcely awake, 
lazily approached, yawning and rubbing his slee])y eyes,) 
to this unusual appearance of the sky, he said ; " Yonder 
dark cloud we may look upon as the forerunner of the 
rainy season. Thank God, we are prepared ; our long 
and severe labors will soon find a recompense, which 
only goes to show in this, as every other instance, well 
directed effort under every possible circumstance, proves 
the wiser course in the end." 

The captain was undoubtedly a good deal of a philoso- 
pher, having acquired this habit from the manifold 



ON tHE ISLAND. 215 

duties of a seafaring life which invariably led him to 
adopt as mottoes, " Procrastination is the thief of time," 
and "Put not off till to-morrow that which should be done 
to-day." 

The cloud in the west gradually deepened and 
expanded until, at mid-day it had overspread the 
heavens, completely shutting out the rays of the sun ; 
the landscape was shrouded in gloom ; darkness veiled 
the broad bosom of the sea, while over all hovered the 
coming tropical winter night. Thus passed the day in 
anxious anticipation of the coming storm, the stores 
meanwhile carefully examined that nothing might be 
wanting tending in the least degree to their safety. 

Along toward the middle of the night, rain in scattering 
drops was heard pattering on the roof of the snug cabin, 
the first since landing on tliese lonely shores some 
mouths before. It was a welcome sound increasing 
slowly in volume until it ran in great streams from the 
water-proof covering, deluging the parched earth with 
its life-giving power, 

Now it fell in immense sheets ; the winds rose; a flash 
of lightning lit up the heavens, followed by a crash of 
thundershaking the stoutly built cabin to its foundations. 
A tropical storm had burst upon them in all its tumul- 
tous fury, the prelude to a long succession of gales, the 
wind continuing to rise with velocity, causing the huge 
forest trees to crack, bend and twist, while now and 
then, one, torn from its bed, crashed to the earth, with a 
report not unlike a discharge of heavy artillery. Yet 
through all this warring of the elements, blasts of wind 
and flooding rain, the little log cabin stood the test 
bravely, impervious to the one, too strong to succumb to 
the other, our islanders the while feeling a great sense of 
security in their safe, though humble retreat. 

This storm of tornado, lightning flash, thunder roll and 
angry flood, soon passed away, leaving in its train a 
light, drizzling, misty rain with scarcely an intermission, 
save now and then a sickly illumination of the sky, as 
the sun, breaking through the overhanging clouds, 



216 ON THE ISLAND. 

remained but a few moments then to disappear as quickly 
as it came. Nature now took on a garb of dazzling, 
magical beauty. 

The parched brown earth eagerly drank in the flowing 
moisture, its surface presenting a hue of brilliancy scarcely 
conceival3le to one who has never been an inhabitant of 
tropical latitudes, therin witnessing its charming scenes, 
and rapid growths. 

The forest trees put forth from their wide extended arms 
new buds, growing and expanding so swiftly, under the 
genial temperature and vapor-laden atmosphere, that ere 
one could well realize the fact, wonderous masses of 
foliage covered both hillside,valleys, plains and sequestered 
dell. The birds from bush, twig and stately trees, pro- 
claim, in song and sweetly chirping glee, their happiness, 
while the great winged rovers of the sea, inland lake 
and forest, made the air resonant with joyous cries and 
quacks. 

The seeds deftly sown in the rich virgin soil, both 
grain and vegetable, suddenly sprang forth, eagerly push- 
ing their way upward, promising rapid growth and 
bountiful harvest. Still the storm kept on, now raging 
in relentless fury, anon subsiding in gently-falling mist, 
hence the islanders were kept pretty closely confined 
indoors, and as they had no books, no reading matter of 
any kind, the daily Morning Journal stopped for non pay- 
ment of dues, no letters to write, nothing with which to 
employ their time, they finally set to work in the hope 
of evolving some plan whereby to pass the long days 
until, the rainy season over, out of door work would 
again occupy the time, engaging their whole attention. 

Again Herman suggested the daily recording of pass- 
ing events, but he had no paper. Indeed this seemed 
the " winter of discontent," to all save Caesar, who found 
no lack of occupation in keeping the stout appetites of 
his companions appeased and their stomachs in good 
condition, until, at length, the ever fertile brain of the 
captain came to the rescue ; he was strvcJc by a happy 
thought. 



THE CAPTURED MERCHANTMAN. 217 

" We will build a boat, my boy," said he, as, refilling 
his pipe, he settled down in the attitude of one who has 
solved a most difficult problem. 

" To be sure, a most happy thought," echoed his young 
comrade. 



CHAPTER XXXI. 

THE CAPTURED MERCHANTMAN. 

LET US return to the Black Eagle^ whose commander 
had set on the island shores, the loyal Unionists 
leaving them to an unknown fate. She pursued her 
way, resuming her former course, and as Sir Eldred was 
in no special haste, having but to again enter the accus- 
tomed highway of ocean travel, where he might expect 
to meet some vessel sailing under the Stars and Stripes, 
the voyage was commenced under easy sail, a lookout 
stationed, the affairs of the ship resuming their accus- 
tomed sway. 

Thus twenty-four hours' progress brought him to the 
desired roadstead, and shortly after the watch sighted a 
strange sail, hull down, only the topmost spars visible. 

" Sail ho I " was shouted. 

" Where away ? " inquired the officer on deck. 

" On the larboard tack, sir," was answered. 

The Black Eagle was at once put on her course to 
intercept the stranger, all sail set, every sheet that would 
draw crowded on, and as the wind was fair, she made 
swift progress, rapidly overhauling the vessel, which, 
coming into full view, was disclosed to be a large mer- 
chantman, flying the Union colors. 

Her commander now becoming aware that he was 
cha?ed, altered his course, putting his vessel before the 
wind, thereby intending to seek safety bj'- flight. While a 
good sailer, the ship was no match in speed for her pur- 
suer, who rapidly closed upon her, yet as a stern chase is 



218 THE CAPTURED MERCHANTMAN. 

proverbially a long one, and niglit was coming on, with 
a threatening sky, there seemed a fair probability of 
escape. 

Soon heavy black clouds rolled up to leeward ; night 
suddenly fell, followed by almost intense darkness, 
relieved now and then by a flash of lightning, accom- 
panied by a roll of thunder, heavier and more terrific 
than a discharge of the combined batteries of the Black 
Eayle. 

The storm fast approaching, sail was hastil}'^ taken in 
and the ship made as secure as possible against the 
expected tempest. 

However, the chase was kept up, a flash of lightning 
revealing for an instant the tall masts and black hull of 
the fleeing merchantman. Soon the storm clouds burst 
in all their ungovernable fury, deluging the deck with 
floods of water. Notwithstanding the utmost eftbrts of 
the crew, the Black Eayle was in momentary danger of 
being engulfed in the tumultuous waters of the raging 
sea, the high rolling billows dashing against her prow, 
while deluging masses of spray were cast on deck. 

As already known, the Black Eayle, was a thoroughly 
staunch ship, her crew brave and uncommonly skillful, yet 
the concealed armor and heavy guns told against her, 
giving rise to the thought that she was overweighted, 
especially when encountering so severe astorm. Now the 
tempest reaching its height, scarcely a possibility of the 
vessel's being saved, Sir Eldred Eomayne was about to 
order the deck guns overboard, when a sudden lull 
apprised him that the storm had spent its fury, and 
would in all probability soon abate, which soon there- 
after proved the ease. 

An hour later, the moon at its full rose from out the 
sea, its yellow rays casting a glow over the boiling 
waters, at once pleasing and inspiriting. Though the 
waves were still running high, the commander ordered 
sail again set, the ship put on her way and the chase 
resumed. 

The merchantman, meantime, had withstood the 



The captured merchantman, 219 

tempest much better than could have been expected, 
sustaining little damage other than the smashing of the 
starboard bulwark from the dashing waves, and as the 
storm was now entirely over, the atmosphere clear, she 
appeared in full view to the delight of her pursuer. In 
the brilliant rays of the moon, under a cloud of canvas, 
each mast, sail and shroud clearly outlined against the 
blue background of the sky, she presented a most beau- 
tiful sight to the onlookers from the deck of the Black 
Eagle, many of whom, however, cared less for her 
beaaties, than the rich plunder lying in her hold, soon as 
they believed to be in their possession. Still the chase 
seemed destined to be greatly prolonged ; as the mer- 
chantman sailed dead before the wind, it was no easy 
matter for her pursuer to get near enough to try the 
calibre of his guns. 

Thus the chase continued through the night, when the 
sun rising showed the Black Eagle to have gained an 
appreciable advantage. Still nearing the fleeing vessel, 
at midday she was within range of the long thirty-two 
midship gun of the cruiser. 

The Black Eagle now hoisted her colors, at the same 
time sending a round shot over the fleeing ship's tops. 
To this challenge, no attention was paid, when Sir 
Edward, calling to his first officer, said, " Mr. Rogers, 
give her a shot from the bow gun, aim low and make it 
tell." 

The heavy gun was immediately loaded and dis- 
charged, striking the merchantman squarely on the star- 
board quarter, and as this was the first intimation she 
had received that her pursuer was an armed vessel of 
war, and being herself unarmed, thus wholly at the 
mercy of the former, she could do no less than haul 
down her colors and " heave to," when a launch contain- 
ing an officer and a half dozen marines were dispatched 
to take possession. Upon inspection, she proved a rich 
prize, being loaded with a cargo of hemp, manilla, and 
other valuable south sea products of the utmost utility 
to the Confederate Government. 



220 THE CAPTURED MERCHANTMAN". 

Sir Eldred Eomajne, after consultation with his 
officers, ofi'ered the crew of the captured vessel their free- 
dom, with the same generous pay his own men were 
receiving, provided they would, join him, resuming duty 
under his command. Otherwise he would be compelled 
to take them home prisoners of war. 

As the merchantman's crew were of various nationali- 
ties, Irish, German, English, together with a smattering of 
renegade Yankees, who cared less under what flag they 
served, than for the pay received, they readily acceeded 
to the proposal, with one exception, the captain, who, 
true to his principles and loyal to his country, refused all 
compromise in the matter. 

Commander Romayne urged him both by entreaty and 
argument to join his standard, " In which event," said 
he, " I will fully protect you in your rights both as to 
person and property ; meanwhile urging that the South 
were to all intents and purposes in the right, that its 
ultimate triumph was a foregone conclusion, and 
further," he continued, " I have adopted its cause from 
pure conviction of its justness. But Captain Tompkin's 
could not see it in the same light. Argument, entreaty, 
threats even failed, the honest-hearted, loyal man refus- 
ing in any manner whatever to assist the Confederate 
cause, saying he would sooner return in poverty, than 
disgrace. " And," continued he, his voice trembling 
with emotion and no little scorn, " Captain Romayae, load 
me with chains, if you will, heap every indignity upon 
my head, yet desert my country I will not, especially at 
an hour when every loyal-minded citizen and well- 
wisher should be at the fore. Furthermore while I can 
but mourn the loss of my ship, together with a carge 
secured by so much labor and outlay, I esteem it an 
honor to sacrifice not only this, but my life, if need be, 
in opposition to a cause both unholy and unjust." 

The captain, be it said, was not only of a philosophic 
turn, but also a believer in the adage, " What can't be 
cured must be endured," Thus well knowing there was 
but one of two ways from which to chose, either take 



THE CAPTURED MERCHANTMAN. 221 

the present course or war against his country, he was not 
long in deciding. So he reluctantly turned over ship, 
crew and cargo to the hands of his successful antagonist, 
meantime registering a vow, and giving his captor the 
assurance, that should an opportunity occur at any time 
in the future, he would take advantage of the same, pay- 
ing him in his own coin, and he was a man to make 
good his word. 

The Black Eagle escorted her prize, until arriving at a 
friendly port, when she again set sail with flying colors, 
putting to sea in search of further spoils. 

The prize ship was ere long disposed of to the govern- 
ment agent, together with her valuable cargo, a large 
sum being realized therefrom. 

The mariners were now granted a thirty days' leave 
of absence, with the understanding that they would at 
the end of the furlough report at a given point, thus re- 
joining the Black Eagle\ to which they were only too 
willing to consent to do, more especially in consideration 
of the favorable circumstances attending their former 
cruise. Yet they could scarcely expect to come off as 
easily on all occasions, as they would be liable to meet 
now and then a foe worthy of their steel, possibly a 
vessel carrying concealed armor. 

The news of the capture of so fine a ship, together 
with a valuable cargo, traveled fast and far; so that 
Sir Eldred was not only highly complimented on the 
achievement, but also received congratulations from the 
Confederate Government, they vowing him one of the 
most competent and skillful commanders in the marine 
service. 

Meanwhile, the press throughout the principal cities 
and towns of the South, lauded the Black Eagle to tlie 
skies, recommending a gold medal to be struck off, 
commemorating his services, and as a token of esteem 
to a gallant commander who had not only given his 
time, but also his wealth, to a cause they held so dear. 

On the other hand, the journals of the North heaped 
obloquy on the heads of British subjects in general, and 



222 ENGAGEMENT OF NELLY TO MR. RICHARDSON. 

this one in particular, who as was averred, had better 
attend to his own business and let the South manage 
their own afi'airs, anyhow in a strife of their own seek- 
ing. As is commonly the case, it makes all the differ- 
ence in the world " which bull is gored." 

Yet the Federal authorities little suspected this ship, 
of which they were of late hearing so much, having with 
fio little seeming efibrt captured one of their finest mer- 
chant vessels, was the identical craft on board which 
the escaped prisoner, Herman Baxter, had taken refuge, 
later pursued by the revenue cutter from which no 
tidings had been received since her departure on that 
ill fated expedition. 

The Federal Government at length coming to a 
stern realization that it was high time something should 
be done by way of putting a stop to the proceedings of 
a ship whose guns were carrying terror throughout the 
merchant marine, as the most extravagant stories were 
being set on foot relative to her unequalled prowess, 
accompanied by the assertion that no vessel of the 
Federal navy was capable of competing with the Black 
Eagle, immediately ordered the largest and most power- 
ful armed vessel in pursuit, whose exploits will be noticed 
hereafter. 

CHAPTER XXXII. 

ENGAGEMENT OF NELLY TO MR. RICHARDSON. 

THE Hon. John Richardson and Nelly Baxter, as ad- 
ministrators of the estate of the late Thomas Bax- 
ter, were necessarily brought into intimate relations; and 
as Mr. Richardson was in every sense a gentleman, kind 
but never obtrusive, a thorough man of business, yet 
in social life a pleasant entertainer, Nelly had conceived 
a considerable liking for him; infact, he had so won upon 
her regard that he believed the time had arrived when 
he might safely approach her concerning matters other 
than business. 



ENGAGEMENT OF NELLY TO MR. RICHARDSON. 223 

On the other hand, Nelly, laboring under the delusion 
that the man to whom she had surrendered her heart, to 
whom she had ever given the warmest place in her 
aflectious, solicited the boon, urging her to the sacrifice, 
though little understanding its magnitude. At the 
same time, Nelly gave him unequivocally to under- 
stand that her heart was not her own to give, that it 
was in the keeping of another, one who neither would 
or could claim it. As to the hand, that was another 
matter ; to that he was welcome. 

While this state of affairs might not be considered in 
thorough harmony with his views, nor what Mr. Richard- 
son most desired, yet on the principle that a " half loaf 
is better than none," he deemed it wise to cheerfully 
comply with the conditions, trusting to timeand his own 
deep seated affections to set all things right. So he now 
gave himself up to pleasing contemplationsof the future, 
when Nelly should have become the recognized head of 
the household, he her devoted servant. 

From the statement made by her father while on his 
death bed, it is not to be supposed the most perfect con- 
fidence could exist between Nelly and the widow Steele, 
at least until an explanation had been entered upon ; and 
Nelly felt much reluctance in broaching a subject in 
every way so repugnant to her feelings. Still, she knew 
this state of affairs must ere long be settled, and her now 
troubled mind set at rest, which could onlj'- be brought 
about by hearing the story from the widow's own lips. 
For, she argued, might there not be some terrible mistake 
on the part of her father ? That he would knowingly 
deceive her was not for a moment to be considered, yet 
might there not be room for doubt, as he might 
for some unknown, possibly selfish reason, have been 
misinformed. The time had now arrived when this 
momentous question must be settled, and this not only 
for her own good, but also the interests of all parties 
concerned. 

"With this resolve strong on her mind, her heart mean- 
time filled with the most conflicting emotions, terrible 



224 ENGAGEMENT OF NELLY TO MR. RICHARDSON. 

doubts and misgivings assailing her, for her all seemed 
now at stake, she determined that very day the matter 
should be set at rest. So breakfast over, tlie early 
household duties attended to, the two ladies seated 
in the little snug parlor, engaged in some light 
feminine work, Nelly with outward coolness, yet great 
trepidation of spirit and fluttering of heart, broaclied the 
subject by remarking : 

" Mrs. Steele, are your son Duke and I in any way 
related; that is to say, any blood relation ? " 

She did not dare to raise her eyes to the face of her 
old friend, while a deep blush overspread her features, 
otherwise she would have noticed the look of great 
wonderment and surprise her question had called forth 
from the eyes of the widow, who answered: 

" Duke Steele a relative of yours, my child ? Why, how 
could such a strange thought have entered your mind ? " 

" Well, my good friend," answered the well-pleased 
Nelly, who more from the widow's manner than from her 
words, believed there was really some mistake, " please 
don't be angry with me, nor think for one moment I have 
asked the question from mere thoughtlessness, or idle 
curiosity; nor that I take an undue liberty in so doing; 
yet from something my father said shortly before his 
death, I was led to believe there might be some 
foundation for the remark he made, both at that time and 
on a previous occasion." 

" My dear," replied the widow, *' I perceive the time 
has at last arrived when I must reveal a secret I had 
hoped to carry with me to the grave; but as you have 
doubtless already been placed in possession of its details, 
I will only say that your father spent many of the best 
years of his life laboring under an unhappy delusion. 
Without going into the merits of the case, painful as they 
must be to both, I can only add that Duke is the only son 
of John Steele and his lawfully wedded wife Jerusha. 
This conclusion, or rather, perhaps, misapprehension, 
which so troubled your father during the latter years of 
his life, which for several reasons I neither did nor do 



ENGAGEMENT OF NELLY TO MR. RICHARDSON. 225 

now care to nieution, arose from the very natural belief 
that Duke was his son. That son died in its infancy, a 
fact not known to your father. This is all there is to it, 
my dear, and now that this painful subject is ofl" my 
mind, I feel that I may rest easier." 

Springing to her feet, and grasping the hands of the 
old lady, tears in her eyes, Nelly ejaculated: 

" God bless you, my dear friend, for having removed 
so great a load from my mind." 

Then scarcely daring to say more, or trust her over- 
wrought feelings in the widow's presence, she retired to 
her room, there to pour out her heart-felt gratitude and 
thankfulness to that Power through whom she was so 
signally blest, in thus having removed the last barrier 
to the ultimate happiness of both herself and Duke. 
Then shedding a few happy tears, she took up her bat 
and went out to the shady wood some little distance 
away, all nature seeming to rejoice in her new found 
happiness. 

Nelly could have resignedly endured the loss of home, 
kindred, friends and even of a kind father, separation 
from an only and well beloved brother, if only her lover 
were spared. Yet, while rejoicing in her new born hap- 
piness, another source of disquiet came to her mind, and 
this no less than in the person of the Eichmond lawyer, 
the friend who had so loyally stood by her through all 
trials, manifesting so much devotion to her interests and 
tenderness for her feelings, never deigning by word or 
look to convey the impression that his kind acts were 
governed by other than pure and generous motives ; he 
who had even acted the part of a gentleman, at the 
same time honestly giving her his fealty and worship ; 
he to whom she had promised her hand, only, how 
would he bear up under this sudden turn of affairs ? 

These troublous and unwelcome thoughts nowpressed 
upon her so heavily, that she shrank in dread from 
their contemplation. Nevertheless, she felt a stern duty 
owing to herself, in that the lawyer must be at once 
acquainted with the circumstances of the case, and that 
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226 CHANCELLOBSVILLB. 

they might peradventure prove disastrous to him, she 
much feared, at least judging from a previous experience. 
Nelly was not one to neglect a known duty, however 
irksome or unpleasant, so she at once wrote to Mr. 
Richardson, telling him freely and fully the whole story, 
begging forgiveness for whatsoever she might have done 
or promised under the then exciting state of affairs, at the 
same time giving him to understand the engagement so 
hastily entered into must be broken, and the past, if not 
wholly forgiven, at least forgotten. 



CHAPTER XXXIII. 

CHANCELLORSVILLE. 

rilHE spring of 1863 had now arrived. The Federal 
I forces, remaining in winter quarters until the 
month of April, were now set in motion under the new 
commander. General Hooker, who again crossed the 
large and well appointed army over the Rappahannock, 
following nearly in the steps of his predecessor. General 
Burnside, some four months previous. 

Having completed his arrangements for moving the 
grand army, as also plans for the coming battle. General 
Hooker determined to attack the Confederates by a 
flank movement to the right, the main body being at 
this time entrenched on St. Marie's Heights in the rear 
of Fredericksburg. 

In order to effect the desired object, it was necessary 
to attract General Lee's attention from the movement; so 
while a large force was to make a feint on his front, 
another body was to move at some distance below the 
city on the left, thus drawing attention in that direction, 
while the main body was to sweep around to the right, 
coming up in the Confederate rear. 

On the twenty-eighth day of April, the Federals began 
the movement by crossing the right wing, which, on 



CHANCELLORSVILLE. 227 

the second day, just before nightfall, were camped on 
the plains of Chancellorsville, some ten miles away. 

The right wing of the Federal army, made uj) of the 
Fifth, Eleventh and Twelfth Corps, afterwards adding the 
First and Third, were separated ii-om the other portions by 
a distance of ten miles; while the Confederates, massed 
between, were prepared to deal successive heavy blows 
on either wing of the Federals. It will be readily seen 
a mistake was made at the outset, proving later a very 
serious one ; for while Sedgewick was vainly struggling 
in the rear against stone-walls, embankments and masked 
batteries. Hooker was not only struggling but being 
badly beaten at the front. 

General Sedgewick in the meantime having made a 
successful stand, was now overwhelmed by the victorious 
Confederates, who from being enabled to detach a large 
force from the front, drove him from out the entrench- 
ments on the St. Mary's Heights, then following until hia 
forces were compelled to fall back and recross the river. 

In the meantime General Hooker, through the defeat 
of Sedgewick's large forces, believing all lost, as he had 
suffered a terrible defeat in front, now followed suit, and 
taking advantage of a dark stormy night, hastened to 
perform the same feat as did Burnside under like circum- 
stances. Thus we find the entire Federal army again 
camping on the old ground at Falmouth, on the north 
bank of the Rappahannock. 

Thus ended this nine days' campaign, in which a long 
series of engagements had taken place, thousands of 
valuable lives sacrificed and still notliing gained, as over- 
come by the veteran battalions of the South under com- 
petent commanders, at their head the valiant General Lee, 
General Hooker found himself at the close of the cam- 
paign in the same situation as that of General Burnside 
on the previous fifteenth day of December — that is, suc- 
ceeded by a new Federal chief. Yet of what avail is 
strategy, it may well be asked, when confronted by a 
successful system of espionage, especially when con- 
ducted by an energetic, fearless, handsome spy like Carrie 



228 CHANCELLORSVILLE. 

Foster, who in this role, faithfully performed her every 
duty for which she was peculiarly fitted, and ever 
proved of the greatest possible benefit to the Confederate 
commander, allowed as she was to pass freely to and 
fro between the opposing forces ? — hence each contem- 
plated move of the Federals was immediately conveyed 
to General Lee. 

Possessed of wonderful sagacity, tact, shrewdness and 
skill, combined with coolness in the hour of danger, 
never for a moment losing her self-possession, she was 
thus of really more benefit to the Confederate cause than 
any other single factor, contributing in great measure to 
the defeat of the Federals in every engagement. 

Eph, the colored lad, who had enlisted with and 
accompained Captain Duke Steele to the army, as boot- 
black and general utility man, had kept an eye on the 
suspected spy, in the meantime vainly endeavoring to 
escape to the Union lines for the purpose of informing 
the commander as to his knowledge concerning the girl. 
However, his success in this direction seemed to have 
thus far miscarried. 

Passing around and through the filled hospitals, shortly 
after the close of the Chancellorsville battle, Carrie 
Foster having unconsciously lifted her close fitting veil, 
at all times concealing her face, suddenly encountered 
the well known features of Lieutenant Cyril Blanchard, 
who was lying outstretched on a pallet of straw. 

The lieutenant had been most severely wounded 
during the late engagement, which now for the first time 
became known to the daring girl, while she at the same 
time was supposed by Blanchard to be at her home in 
Montgomery. 

" Thank God," said he as their eyes met, " that I again 
look on your sweet face ! Yet, my darling, how came 
you here? " he farther questioned. 

Imagine the surprise and no less chagrin of the girl 
whose identity had so long been successfully concealed, 
upon finding herself confronted by the man to whom of 
all others she most desired to remain unknown, the lover 



CHANCELLOKSVILLE, 229 

wliom she had so long eluded, often meeting, even con- 
versing with him without in the least being suspected, 
yet to whom she had now betrayed herself in this fool- 
ish manner I 

However, there was now no help for it. So after due 
and possibly satisfactory explanations on her part under 
the promise of secrecy on his, she said : 

" Cyril, I will remain with and care for you until you 
have quite recovered; this is as far as my duties will 
permit and as far as I can promise, but under all circum- 
stances my identity must never be disclosed. It would 
be my ruin, for you must well understand my position, 
perilous in the extreme as it is, as I am working in the 
interest of the Confederate cause, to whose success, I 
flatter myself, I have not a little contributed. Have I 
your promise ? For to reveal my secret would not only 
endanger my liberty, but perhaps place my life in 
jeopardy, at the same time work an irreparable injury 
to a cause to which we both have given our best 
endeavors." 

" Why, certainly, my darling," replied the wounded 
officer, who could but look on the young enthusiastic 
heroine with admiration, mingled with awe upon hear- 
ing the fearless expressions. While I can but regret to 
thus see your precious life exposed to such great danger 
and yourself to the rude camp life consequent upon the 
course you see fit to pursue, I only feel the more pride 
and admiration for a character willing to sacrifice so 
much to a cause we are all laboring so hard to carry for- 
ward, as I trust and hope, to a successful termination. 
For wounds and death even, are as nothing in compari- 
son to the end sought." 

So it came about that Carrie remained with him a 
good portion of the time, until he was pronounced out of 
danger by the attending surgeon, then bidding him adieu, 
she resumed her perilous duties. Still the eye of Eph 
was upon her, closely watching her every move, he in 
the meantime striving with might and main to reach 
the Federal camp. 



230 CHANCELLORSVILLE. 

While tliese eveots were transpiring, Captain Duke 
Steele, in blissful ignorance of this, through the vicissi- 
tudes and not unusual casualties of war, had become 
second in command of the First Alabama Cavalry, com- 
missioned at the close of the battle of Chancellorsville, 
lieutenant-colonel. 

Since his last visit to the Baxter plantation, when he 
had so opportunely appeared with his little band of 
troopers, nothing had been heard from Nelly, though a 
letter or two from his mother had said that she was a 
welcome inmate of her home. 

He had therefore determined on the first opportunity 
presenting, to again pay his mother a visit, expecting as 
a matter of course to see Nelly, when he would seek an 
explanation, concerning the real significance of the sen- 
tence, " Duke, we can never be to each other more than 
friends." 

While the heart of the maiden was at rest, his own 
was torn by the most conflicting emotions; for the chain 
of startling and no less strange, inexplicable events so 
long hovering over and shadowing both himself and the 
Baxter family, could, by no ordinary methods, be satis- 
factorily explained. Yet could Duke Steele at this time 
have looked beneath the surface of events, however 
deeply laid, well planned or successfully executed, he 
would at once have become convinced the solution was 
an easy matter, simply the ofishoot and effect of the 
movement — nothing more, nothing less. The several 
objects at which the Confederacy aimed, all so success- 
fully carried forward by its unscrupulous agents, seemed 
in a fair way of being realized, as Southern sympa- 
thizers with the Abolition sentiment of the North, were 
now being brought under ban of condemnation, their 
estates confiscated, their fsimilies cast adrift to seek the 
charities of a cold, uncharitable world, and all this a 
natural result of internecine war, brought about, con- 
tinued and carried forward, mainly by political, sec- 
tional differences of opinion, and by no less selfish inter- 
ests. 



CHANCELLORSVILLE. 231 

General Hooker retained command of tlie army of the 
Potomac, until the 28th day of June, 1863, when sud- 
denly and without previous warning, he was relieved by 
the appointment of General Meade, an officer of great 
distinction and undoubted courage, having in former 
campaigns gained the esteem of both the army and the 
general government. 

The battle of Gettysburg, undoubtedly the most san- 
guinary and hotly contested engagement of the war, 
was fought and won by the Federal army under command 
of General Meade on July 4th, 1863, the surrender of 
Vicksburg to General Grant occurring on the same day. 

On the occasion of a most desperate cbarge by the 
First Alabama Cavalry during the second day of the battle 
of Gettysburg, Colonel Emberly was seriously and at 
first, supposed to be mortally wounded, but it terminated 
eventually in the loss of his right leg, so that his second 
in command. Lieutenant-colonel Duke Steele, was again 
promoted on the field of battle to the colonelcy of the 
regiment, securing his commission shortly after, dated 
Montgomery, July 2nd 1863. 

In the many severe engagements in which the regi- 
ment had actively participated, it was necessarily greatly 
reduced in numbers, not more than one half being fit for 
duty; but as recruits were now being actively forwarded 
from Alabama, it soon came up to its full standard of one 
thousand. So Colonel Steele found himself at the head 
of as fine a body of dragoons as the Confederacy could 
boast; and certainly no better or braver commander 
could be found in either army, and those who had so long 
fought with him were in every way worthy of so gallant 
a leader, having the utmost confidence in his discretion 
and ability, as witnessed on so many hotly contested 
fields. 



232 SEIZURE OF NELLY BY GUERILLAS. 



CHAPTER XXXIY. 

SEIZURE OF NELLY BY GUERILLAS. 

FROM the long continued period of arduous service 
in the field, Colonel Duke Steele believed he was 
now entitled to a little rest. Furthermore, the gallant 
officer was becoming solicitous regarding the welfare 
of his mother and Nelly, so he resolved to call on his 
commander. General Stuart, and ask for short leave 
of absence, which was readily granted him. 

Accordingly two days later Colonel Duke Steele rode 
out of camp, attended by a squad of fifty of his bravest 
troopers, not merely as a guard of honor, but from the 
supposition they might be required to guard his best 
friends, as well as himself. For, from trustworthy ac- 
counts, the country round about Oxford, and the lower 
Rappahannock, was almost in the hands of the guer- 
rillas, who, could they but secure an officer of his rank, 
might expect a handsome reward for his deliverance. 
So the colonel deemed it a wise measure to go well 
guarded, then should occasion require, he would be 
enabled to connect business with pleasure. 

Leaving camp at daybreak, they rode hard, now and 
then halting for a half- hour's rest, until about midnight 
they reached the village of Oxford, when they bivouacked 
for the remainder of the night. 

The weary steeds were tethered, watered and fed, 
fires lighted, rails from a neighboring fence providing 
fuel. Soon tiny clouds of blue smoke rose in the still 
atmosphere, betokening preparations for breaking the 
long day's fast, the merry jest and song meanwhile enliven- 
ing the scene, for the soldier is never so happy as when 
in the enjoyment of the hastily prepared meal after 
a fatiguing day's march. , 



SEIZURE OF NELLY BY GUERILLAS. 233 

Supper over, guards stationed, horses cared for, all 
tilings became quiet, no sound being heard, save the 
stentorian breathing or snore of some more than 
usually ambitious trooper. 

Lingering no longer than necessary to become assured 
that ail things about the camp were in good order, cau- 
tioning the sentinels to be wary in regard to prowling 
marauders, in the way of guerillas, or others of like ilk, he 
took his departure, hastening to the little cottage beneath 
whose roof was domiciled his aged mother and the 
maiden who so fully engrossed his thoughts by day and 
his dreams by night. 

A few minutes' hurried walk brought him to the door, 
when gently knocking, his mother soon appeared, imme- 
diately recognizing in the person of the visitor, her long 
absent boy, still a boy to her. 

Clasping her feeble arms about his neck, tears falling- 
down her withered cheeks, while sobs and sighs con- 
vulsed her frame, she ejaculated in almost hysterical 
tones, " Thank God, my boy has come ! " 

" Why, mother dear," said the colonel, " what is the 
matter? Has anything serious happened to cause this 
excessive agitation, tell me? " 

" Oh ! my son," replied the widow, " a terrible calam- 
ity has surely happened, a sad explanation awaits you! " 
Then placing a chair, and taking a seat by his side, she 
told him that a band of guerillas headed by Mr. Baxter's 
plantation school-teacher Cyrus Jones, had invaded the 
premises, at about ten o'clock, and " Oh I my son, how 
can I have the heart to say it ! carried away our dear 
Nelly ! " 

" Carried away Nelly ? What do you — what can you 
mean, my dear mother? Carried off Nellie? Tell me 
all about it. When were they here ? When did they 
leave, and oh ! do you know what road they have taken ? " 
Then continuing, " My God ! mother, our dear Nellie in 
that demon's power! I'll hunt him out, and he'll rue the 
day he committed this brutal outrage — aye ! I'll have his 
heart's blood." 



234 SEIZURE OF NELLY BY GUERILLAS. 

" Well, my boy," said the thoroughly distracted 
widow, " it was about half-past nine when a squad of 
men rode to the gate, demanding admittance on the plea 
they were cold. I invited them into the house, made up 
a rousing fire, when soon after the leader said they were 
hungry and that I must furnish them with both food 
and drink." 

"And what answer did you make to that demand, 
mother ? " 

" Why, there was only one reply I could make. You 
should rather ask what I did." 

" Well then what did you do ? '" 

" I set before them the best the house afforded, and 
that was not very much, I'll assure you — a pan of milk, 
and several loaves of bread. Yet with this they seemed 
well enough content, though I noticed several scowling 
faces, one or two making a sarcastic remark, that they 
struck the wrong place, or words to that eflect, when the 
captain silenced them, with the remark, 'Nevermind 
boys, this ain't the kind of game we're after. So let this 
bread and milk stop your mouths, anyhow for the 
present, for they'll soon be on their knees begging us to 
accept the best the house and for that matter, the town 
affords. Ha ! ha ! ' continued the villain, * good joke on 
that Steele fellow.' 

" Of course you understand this was said in low tones, 
thinking I wouldn't hear them, but I did. Still I 
couldn't for the life of me imagine what they were 
driving at; yet to my sorrow I soon found out, for Nelly, 
awakened by the uproar, had risen, dressed, and come 
down from her room, appearing just as the outlaws were 
finishing their bread and milk, when the leader of the 
gang ordering them to mount, caught Nellie in his arms, 
and despite the poor girl's struggles and cries for assist- 
ance, carried her out of doors, put her in the saddle, 
leaped up behind, and before I had time to turn round, 
were off like the mad demons they are. There, Duke, 
you have the whole story. Now what do you propose 
to do?" 



SEIZURE OF NELLY BY GUERILLAS. 236 

" Before answering the very suggestive question, 
mother, I will ask you one in turn. What direction did 
they take ? " 

" Why," replied his mother, " they took the pike lead- 
ing to the north, the one that passed by old man Scogg's 
mill. Surely you ought to remember the creek where 
you and Herman Baxter used to go fishing? " 

" Certainly, mother, I'll never forget the place where I 
came so near to getting drov/ned, and would have done so 
had not the old fellow pulled me out." 

" Heaven bless the dear lad! " piously ejaculated the 
widow, " I only wish I knew where he was this minute 
and, oh ! if he were only with you to go in pursuit of his 
sister, he would be of so much assistance that " 

"Never mind the sister," interrupted Duke, who 
little relished the idea of his mother indulging the 
thought that more help should be deemed necessary than 
that of his boys in gray. "They are doubtless making 
their way to the mountains, and thank God 1 we are in 
time to yet overtake, or anyhow, track them to their lair. 
I must now repair to camp, wake the boys, and have 
everything in readiness for a start before day-break." 

So bidding her good-bye with the assurance Nelly 
should be returned to her in good time, he set forth to 
the rendezvous, where he found everything quiet, the 
guard reporting no disturbance during his absence. 

The trumpeter was now awakened and ordered to 
sound "assembly," when soon all were astir. "Boots 
and saddles" was next in order, and in less than a half- 
hour all were mounted, no one as 3'et aware of the 
object of this sudden move; but when they were in line, 
the colonel taking his place in front, informed them of it. 

Previous to leaving his mother Duke, had rapidly 
sketched the leading incidents of his military career, 
told her of his several promotions on the field of battle, 
his many narrow escapes from imminent peril, the strong- 
attachments of his comrades and their readiness to 
follow wheresoever he might lead, all of which caused 
the old lady to look upon her son as a hero indeed. 



236 BATTLE WITH THE GUERILLAS. 

She could scarcely for a moment turn ber eyes from 
bis bronzed manly face, yet knowing tbe words Nelly 
bad spoken to him in regard to tbe future, she believed 
the time bad now come when be should be told tbe 
true state of affairs, thus setting his mind at rest. So 
she now hastened to tell him about the conversation be- 
tween Nelly and herself. She also told him of the de- 
lusion that had so haunted and preyed on the mind of 
Mr, Baxter tbese many long years, and that it was 
simply an hallucination, that now between Duke and 
Nelly nothing stood in the way of their mutual happi- 
ness. However time was short and duties pressing, so 
that little detail could be entered into, and the colonel 
must needs be satisfied, with the simple acknowledg- 
ment that Nelly could be his, whenever he should 
choose to ask her. With this he was satisfied, as he 
could now ride forth in joyful anticipation of the future, 
his arm doubly strengthened to strike a rigorous blow 
in her behalf. Bidding his mother an affectionate fare- 
well, he hastened to the camp of bis followers, as pre- 
viously stated, who upon hearing the story, desired noth- 
ing better than a dash at the hated guerillas, who, under 
the shallow pretense of serving their country, were laying 
it waste with their ferocious plunderings. 



CHAPTEK XXXV. 

BATTLE WITH THE GUERILLAS. 

NOW every trooper is in his saddle, each hand takes 
firm hold of the reins, each foot is in the stirrup, 
the ringing notes of the trumpet sounds the advance, and 
they are away, riding down the broad turnpike which 
extends for several miles. Anon, the sharp eyes of the 
colonel detect marks of iron shod hoofs to the right 
leading over an unfrequented road in the direction of 
the mountains, some twenty miles away. 



BATTLE WITH THE GUERILLAS. 237 

Pressing on as rapidly as the condition of their weary 
steeds and the broken character of the ground will 
permit, they halt at mid-day some five miles distant 
from the foot hills bordering the range of mountain 
heights within whose stern fastnesses are encamped the 
outlaw band. As it was the urgent desire of Colonel 
Steele to take thera by surprise, it became a matter of 
necessity to remain in their present position until dark- 
ness should have set in, therein eluding the observation 
of the wary foe. So resting until the sun had dropped 
beneath the distant hill, in the meantime obtaining 
much needed refreshment for both themselves and 
their weary steeds, they again set out, reaching the 
bordering heights just as the fast gathering gloom of 
night fell upon them. 

A scout was now sent in advance, who, after an hour's 
delay, returned, reporting the band encamped in a se- 
cluded dell some two miles distant. Also that he had 
been able to reach a point from which the whole scene 
was brought to view, and had even gone so far as to 
penetrate the outskirts of the camp. For from their 
secure position it was believed no danger need be appre- 
hended, as none had at any previous timic threatened. 
So the band had neglected the precaution of posting 
outlying sentinels, hence the bold scout was enabled to 
approach sufficiently near to gain information regarding 
further movements, leading, as was hoped to successful 
attack. 

Eemaining at rest until ten o'clock, horses were again 
saddled, when mounting, the troopers pursued their way 
up a narrow defile, until at length a ruddy glow lighting 
the surrounding forest, revealed their proximity to the 
unsuspecting foe. 

As the troopers in close column, advance slowly and 
cautiously upward through the deep mountain gorge, 
whose lofty heights tower majestically on either hand, 
the gloom is doubly enhanced by the ever darkeii- 
ing shades of night. No sound reaches them save the 
sharp footfalls of the iron shod steeds treading the rocky 



238 BATTLE WITH THE GUERILLAS. 

bottom of the steep pathway, or the mournful surges 
of the night winds sighing through the towering pines, 
a scene of solemn grandeur spreads before them, awak- 
ing in the breast of each sturdy rider a sense of the 
approaching peril. Yet they press onward and upward, 
no thought save of the stern duty confronting them, 
though engaging in combat this band of outlaws whose 
number being doubtless not less than their own, a des- 
perate struggle must necessarily ensue, from which fact 
it became an absolute necessity to take them unawares. 
Yet each and all are eager for the fray. 

Again the scout is sent ahead, who returning, reports 
the whole band some fifty in number, assembled around 
a huge camp-fire, smoking, drinking, shouting and in 
every conceivable way having a hilarious time, little 
suspecting ere a few moments pass, the scene of carousal 
should have changed to combat, wounds, mourning and 
death. 

Colonel Steele now directs his men to dismount, sta- 
tioning a guard of three to hold the horses, in readiness 
for remouiiting should sudden retreat become necessary, 
then separating his band in equal parts, one portion to 
execute a flank movement, coming up from the rear, 
the other to advance in front. At the signal, a volley 
from each division is to be hurled into the midst of the 
revellers, then they advance at double quick, charging 
from both front and rear. 

Arrangements having been perfected to the satisfac- 
tion of the commander, and no less so to the battalion, 
the flanking party now made their way cautiously 
under cover of the night and shade of the heavy forest, 
circling round at some distance away until they had 
reached the desired point, the column in front mean- 
while securing a favorable position. Suddenly from 
out the forest gloom rang the shrill notes of the trumpet, 
quickly followed by the simultaneous discharge of fifty 
carbines aimed by unerring eyes and held by steady 
liaiids. The slaughter attending the volley was terrific, 
not less than a score of the guerillas going down, many 



BATTLE WITH THE GUERILLAS. 239 

in the agonies of death, others fearfully wounded. 
Taken so entirely by surprise, the utmost confusion 
reigned in the encampment. The outlaw chief, spring- 
ing to his feet and grasping his weapons, called to his 
adherents to stand firm, who in compact column 
awaited the onset, which was not long delayed, as 
Colonel Steele in the lead charged down upon them, be- 
ing met however with stout resistance, as blow followed 
blow, while rapid and well aimed shots from revolver 
and carbine, laid both trooper and outlaw low! 

Thus the combat raged, little being gained on either 
side, until at length the colonel found himself face to 
face with the outlaw chief. 

"Ha! you dastard!" shouted the infuriated colonel, 
"Thank Heaven, I have you within reach of my trusty 
blade I Die the death you so richly deserve, and may 
God have mercy on your soul! Aye, that mercy you 
have ever denied to others." 

Then he aimed a sturdy blow at the head of his an- 
tagonist, but the courageous colonel had made, in this 
instance, the one mistake of his life, as his skill proved 
unequal to his valor, for Cyrus Jones was no mean 
opponent. A skillful swordsman, he deftly parried the 
colonel's weapon, returning the blow with telling effect. 
Thus the colonel found himself in a precarious situa- 
tion; the blow disabling his right arm, his sword fell 
from his hand, and he was at the mercy of the man he 
had thought so easily conquered. The guerilla, again 
raising his weapon, directed a blow full at his antag- 
onist. At the same instant a form was seen flying through 
tlie air, interposing itself between the combatants. 
Thus the blow destined to end the colonel's existence, 
fell upon the head of the colored boy Eph, who in- 
stantly dropped to the ground, bleeding and unconscious. 

It would again have fared hardly with Colonel Steele, 
wholly unprotected from the sword of his skillful antag- 
onist, had not a randon shot taken effect, striking the 
outlaw chief squarely between the eyes, killing him in- 
stantly. 



240 BATTLE WITH THE GUERILLAS. 

The combat up to this time had raged with the ut- 
most fury, the one side fighting for their lives, the other 
to rid the country of a dastardly foe, and the recovery 
of Nelly from the hands of her captors, who upon wit- 
nessing the fall of their leader, together with so large a 
number of their comrades, became at once disheartened, 
beating a hasty retreat, dispersing in all directions, flee- 
ing for their lives, closely followed by the victors. Yet 
owing to the darkness of the night, the intricate wind- 
ings of the tangled forest, of which the out-laws had a 
much better knowledge, they finally succeeded in mak- 
ing good their escape. 

The wound of the colonel, not being considered of 
a serious nature, was bound up by his orderly, soon after 
which the wounded were looked after, the colonel's 
preserver, Eph, being the first attended to, as he had put 
nis own life in jeopardy to save that of his former 
master. He was therefore tenderly borne to a place of 
safety and shelter, his wounds carefully dressed, and 
the poor lad made as comfortable as possible under ex- 
isting circumstances. Soon recovering consciousness, his 
master inquired if he knew aught concerning Miss 
Nelly, or of her whereabouts. 

In reply the sorely wounded boy, in a feeble voice, 
said, "Missy Nelly am hid out yonder in a clump of 
bushes, where I was set to guard her, but upon hearing 
de noise ob de fightin', I'se done left her to see wot de 
row am about, and I'se jess git dar in de nick ob time to 
sabe yo' life, tank de good Lawd ! " 

" Yes, my boy," replied his grateful master, " I have 
cause to thank the good Lord, and you my faithful friend 
as well, and rest assured you shall not go unrewarded, 
for thus periling your own existence for mine." 

Eph was now placed in a more comfortable position, 
as also a condition of less suffering, for the thoughtful 
colonel had administered a powerful opiate. This not 
only tended to ease the pain from his fearful wound, but 
also caused him to fall into a deep sleep. Afterward 
leaving him in charge of a subaltern, the colonel has- 



BATTLE WITH THE GUERILLAS. 241 

tened to the relief of the suffering maiden, whom he ex- 
pected to find in a "forlorn condition;" but here again 
he had reckoned without his host, for " Missy " Nelly 
was made of sterner stuff. A few moments' search re- 
vealed her-hidiug place, where she was found lying 
bound, helpless and weak, yet strong in spirit. When 
she recognized her deliverer in the person of her lover, 
she sent up a cry of joy, upon thus finding herself freed 
from her infamous persecutor. The brave girl was at 
once loosed from her bonds, and upon learning from the 
colonel the details and outcome of the fight, as also the 
heroism displayed by Eph, who was now lying so near 
death's door, she begged to be at once taken to him, 
when she immediately applied herself staunching the 
bloody wounds, as also binding them up in a more 
skilled manner, tending thus in still greater measure to 
the relief of his sufferings. At length awakening from 
the profound slumber occasioned by the opiate, his eyes 
opened, resting on the kindly face of his old plantation 
mistress. Turning to Duke, he said : 

" Massa, Captin, dis po darkey don sabe yo life, and 
hees guwin to die, guyin to Glory, long o Massa Tom," 

Taking his hand, the Colonel replied, in cheery tones : 

" No, no, my boy. You are neither going to die, nor 
to Glory just yet. For we are doing all we can for you, 
and by the blessing of God, the help of your old Master 
and the skill and loving care of " Missey " Nelly, we'll 
bring you round all right. So don't talk of dying. For 
you know you're healthy and stout, besides there's too 
much to be accomplished in the world, not forgetting 
the cause about which we are fighting, and in which you 
have played no insignificant part, and my boy, we have 
still much need for your services. So keep up good 
courage, try to get well as soon as possible, and rest as- 
sured I shall never forget to whom I am indebted for 
my hfe." 

By means of these kindly words, the colonel sought to 
infuse new life in the weak, feeble frame and exhausted 
ipirit of his suffering patient, and with the most gratify- 
15 



242 BATTLE WITH THE GUERILLAS. 

ing results ; for from this time on, the sorely stricken lad 
improved more rapidly than could have been expected, 
and was never more happy than in receiving the atten- 
tions of his devoted friends, who watched over him by 
night and by day. Yet there seemed meanwhile some 
weighty matter pressiog on his mind, which was unbur- 
dened one day by his saying: 

" Massa Captiu, I don berry sorry I desarted yo an 
will neva do so no mo. Will you forgive me, sah ? " 

Now all this time the mind of the colonel had been 
greatly exercised in the attempt to understand how his 
old servant Eph came to be connected with the Cyrus 
Jones gang. So a few days later, when Eph was suffi- 
ciently recovered to be able to converse with little seem- 
ing difficulty, he broached the subject, desiring an ex- 
planation. From which it seems that in Eph's attempt 
to escape to the Union lines, for the purpose of exposing 
the spy, Carrie Foster, he had been picked up in one of 
the nocturnal raids of the guerillas, and taken to their 
headquarters in the mountains, the chief thinking he 
had come in possession of a valuable addition to his 
corps of culinary assistants. For the boy was an excel- 
lent cook, a good bootblack and a thoroughly compe- 
tent uniform duster, and as things had turned out, a no 
less valuable acquisition to his former master, in so op- 
portunely appearing to save his life. Thus both the 
colonel and Nelly fully appreciated the boys' faithful 
devotion in nearly sacrificing his own life for his master, 
so it was natural they should mutually agree not only 
to ever after retain him in their service, but also treat 
him as an equal. 

At the close of the battle, the casualties of the cav- 
alry were found to be quite severe ; no less than six of 
the number had been killed outright, while several were 
severely wounded, so it was deemed best to establish a 
field hospital near the battle ground until such time as 
they would have recovered sufficiently to be moved to 
the village some thirty miles distant, a large portion of 
the way over rough mountain roads. 



BATTLE WITH THE GUEEILLAS. 243 

The supplies of the camp were believed to be ample 
for several weeks' subsistence, and there were also a 
number of tents and the usual camp equipage, and upon 
more extended search, a large store of provisions was 
found secreted in a cavern near by. 

The most serious consideration following the taking 
care of the wouaded, thus making them as comfortable 
as possible, was that of interring the dead. In the 
meantime the services of a skillful surgeon must be 
procured, so a messenger was forthwith dispatched to 
Oxford with instructions to forward one at the earliest 
possible moment. 

These affairs attended to, the camp was put in proper 
shape for a prolonged stay, and as there might be a 
possibility of the guerillas returning with a largely 
augumented force, thence falling on the cavalry in the 
effort to regain tlieir lost possessions, the entire troops 
were retained, save six of the number, who returned to 
army headquarters, there to report to General Stuart, 
informing him as to the situation. On the affair being 
reported to the commander-in-chief, Colonel Steele 
was immediately recommended to promotion for gal- 
lant services, and upon his return, he was placed in 
possession of a commission, addressed, '' Brigadier-gen- 
eral Duke Steele." 

Two weeks now passed, the colonel, assisted by 
Nelly, giving his undivided attention to the care of the 
wounded, who, thanks to the bracing mountain air, 
were now in a convalescent state. 

Eph, the most severely wounded, though a poor colored 
boy, had been the recipient of every possible attention 
from his friends, who vied in their efforts looking to his 
comfort and speedy recovery, and who were equally 
agreed that he should hereafter be a worthy member of 
the household, for without him the colonel would un- 
doubtedly have met his fate, therefore no effort should 
be wanting in future to prove their gratitude. 

Another matter for congratulation lay in the fact that 
the lovers had now arrived at a fair understanding in 



244 BATTLE WITH THE GUERILLAS. 

regard to affairs of the heart, nothing now seeming to 
stand in the way of tlieir mutual happiness. Yet the 
greatest surprise of all to the colonel was when Nelly 
told him of a letter received from Carrie Foster, detail- 
ing a conversation held with one of the marines on 
board the Black Eagle who had told her of Herman's 
exile. This man had, after leaving his ship, joined the 
Confederate army and met the beautiful spy. From 
this letter, Duke Steele now for the first time became 
aware of the situation of Nelly's brother as an inhabit- 
ant of a remote island in the Southern seas. Yet both 
rejoiced that he seemed to be in a fairly comfortable 
condition, nothing doubting he would be restored to them 
through some vessel sailing in those distant seas, for 
they could not well be aware of the fact that these 
islands lay far from the route of ocean navigation. 

Four weeks have elapsed since the battle, the time 
passing pleasantly in the guerilla's former stronghold, 
most of the wounded meanwhile nearly recovered from 
their severe hurts, while all were in a condition to be 
removed to Oxford. Therefore measures being inaugu- 
rated and successfully carried out, we find them in com- 
fortable quarters in several of the houses generously 
thrown open to them, where they were now receiving 
all needful attention. As the duties of Colonel Steele 
to his regiment now seemed imperative, and his presence 
necessary, word having been sent him to that effect, he 
took his departure, leaving a sufficient number of his 
troop to guard not only the wounded soldiers, but the 
citizens as well, from surprise and attack of the gueril- 
las, who might at any moment swoop down upon them, 
as they had previously done. Furthermore, enraged from 
their late overwhelming defeat, they would spare neither 
age nor sex from their unholy and lawless acts, so the 
colonel now determined that his friends should in the 
future be fully protected, to which end a dispatch was 
sent to headquarters ordering a body of twenty-five 
mounted men, together with a piece of light artiler^'^, to 
be forwarded without loss of time, accompanied with 



GENERAL QRANT's CAMPAIGN. 2-io 

instructions that in the event of a raid, the renegades 
were to be shot down indiscriminately, and no prisoners 
taken, the colonel believing this the only method of 
deterring the scoundrels from future depredations and 
performing acts disgraceful even to a savage community. 
Bidding his mother, Nelly and his disabled comrades 
good-bye, he set out on his journey to the army, where 
he arrived in due time, securing the congratulations of 
both General Stuart and the commander-in-chief, on 
his late victory, also an enthusiastic reception from the 
regiment he was soon to leave to take command of the 
brigade to which he had been commissioned during his 
absence. 



CHAPTER XXXVI. 

GENERAL GRANT'S CAMPAIGN. 

BOTH armies had been quietly lying in winter quarters 
for several months, the Federals under their new 
commander, General Grant, in active preparations for again 
taking the field, thousands of fresh recruits having been 
added during the winter to fill vacancies occasioned by 
losses in serious campaigns. Meantime, owing to the 
fruitless endeavors of Eph to reach the Union lines, 
mainly owing to his having been captured by the 
guerillas, under Cyrus Jones, the spy, Carrie Foster, 
continued her nefarious calling undiscovered, performing 
her daily duties to the ultimate injury of the Federals. 
Meanwhile, Cyril Blanchard, quite recovered from the 
serious injuries received at Chancellorsville, had taken 
his accustomed place in his regiment now under another 
leader. That it galled his suspicious, sensitive nature, 
beyond measure, to find his mortal enemy, Duke Steele, 
rising so rapidly in the scale of promotion, was without 
question. That the former obscure government clerk, 
the sou of a poor, hard-working Virginia widow, should 



246 GENERAL GRANT's CAMPATGIT. 

reach this exhalted station, while he the high born rep- 
resentative of one of the most widely-known, wealthy, 
aristocratic families of Montgomery, still remained 
in the position of a subaltern, was a thought not easily 
borne, and now as a crowning indignity, his enemy had 
been raised to the second highest grade in the cavalry 
division of the army of Northern Virginia, 

Carrie Foster, also, now began to look with longing 
eyes on her old lover, who from rapid advancement, 
continued to acquire added favor in her sight, and 
should she now disclose her identity, then seek to re- 
gain her former place in his affections, might she not 
once more, she argued, bring him within the power of 
her magic charms? Thus reasoning she resolved to 
make the attempt. 

Encountering Duke Steele one morning, when riding 
about the camp on her daily visit to the field hospitals, 
she suddenly lifted the close fitting veil, exposing her 
face to the gaze of the astonished General, at the same 
time extending a small delicately gloved hand, accom- 
panied by the remark, "General Steele, how do you 
do ? I am really glad to meet and congratulate you on 
your recent high appointment." 

The general took the proffered hand, though, as she 
thought, in a not overly affectionate manner, and re- 
plied : 

'• Miss Foster, I thank you for the kind interest you 
seem to take in my good fortune. While often noticing 
you riding about the camp, attending to the sick and 
wounded, I have never hitherto suspected your identity, 
or that you were other than you seemed. At the same 
time I supposed you were at your home, and it is only 
of late I have become cognizant of the fact that you 
were the young lady in question, who has rendered such 
important services, in addition to your other duties, to 
the Confederate cause. However, I must say, with all 
due deference to the daugliter of Judge Foster, that I 
can scarcely approve of one in your position, a lady 
of refinement, high social standing, and of one of the 



GENERAL GRANT's CAMPAIGN. 247 

proudest cities of Alabama, thus exposing yourself to 
the rough, rude life of camp. Yet I am also well aware 
it is not my province to advise you in any manner what- 
ever as to the course you may chose to pursue, or affairs 
in which you may consider it your duty to engage, as 
naturally your own good judgment, as also the advice of 
your father, must be your guide. I bid you good-morn- 
ing. Miss Foster." 

Then turning, he went his wa;y. 

"Ah I ha! This is the way the land lies, is it, my 
conceited friend!" soliloquised the young lady, as re- 
maining motionless in the saddle, she watched the form 
of her discarded lover pass from her sight. " This pro- 
motion of the young man seems to have given him ' the 
big head,' so to speak. Can't stoop so low as to recog- 
nize one for whom he was once ready, aye, and only too 
willing to go down on his knees to serve, or to even win 
a single look of affection. However, I'll bring his high- 
ness to terms. No one need fear for Carrie Foster, and 
before many days shall have elapsed, he will humble 
himself to me, yes at my feet, proud as he is in his newly 
acquired dignity, the haughty coxcomb." 

Yet the true facts in the case were that Duke Steele 
really feared the consequences should he again be brought 
to face and dally with the charms of the fair enchant- 
ress. For as he had once fallen under their power, be- 
lieving he loved her with an intensity of devotion 
natural to one of his susceptible nature, he dared not 
again tempt fate in a like manner. That he once loved 
the fair maiden, he was fain to admit, and beauty 
allied to the self-sacrificing courage of Carrie Foster, he 
well knew, was at all times dangerous. This then, was 
the main cause leading him to turn so abruptly from the 
presence of the young spy, and it would have been well 
in after times for both, had she understood the actual 
facts of the case. Yet not so understanding, she set on 
foot schemes for revenge. For her to plan was to exe- 
cute, and she at once evolved measures tending to his 
injury, if not to his downfall. 



248 GENERAL GRANT'S CAMPAIGN. 

Nearly nine months had now dragged their weary 
way along since any general engagement of the Army of 
the Potomac, and more than seven months since the 
Southern division of the Union army had struck a 
blow. Certainly a long period of delay, and it was little 
wonder that the nation was becoming despondent, when 
such enormous expenses were being incurred with noth- 
ing to show for the outlay. A long suffering people 
truly I Yet could they now but feel that something de- 
cisive was to result froni the extensive preparations be- 
ing made, the past would be forgotten in the enthusi- 
astic expectations of the future. Consequently, the 
work of re-organizing and concentration, taken in hand 
and vigorously pushed by General Grant, was contem- 
plated with general satisfaction by those who were so 
cast down, more especiallj' when it was understood that 
a simultaneous movement of all the armies was being 
arranged. As the first move in this direction, the Army 
of the Potomac was consolidated into three corps, each 
forty thousand strong, under command of Generals Han- 
cock, Warren and Sedge wick, the cavalry force being 
under General Sheridan. Another corps, composed 
wholly of colored troops, the Ninth, under the command 
of General Burnside, was also moved to the front and 
consolidated with the three former corps. In addition 
to this large force, numbering in the aggregate one hun- 
dren and sixty thousand men, most of whom had served 
under Generals Mc Dowell, Mc Clellan, Pope, Burnside, 
Hooker, Meade and others, and who were now to ad- 
vance on Richmond by the most direct route possible, 
there were other detachments, numbering thirty thou- 
sand horse, foot and artillery. Again a large force under 
General Butler were to march on, and, if possible seize 
Petersburg. Thus the renowned commander-in-chief 
had under his command an enormous body of two hun- 
dred thousand troops in perfect trim for hard work, 
. which under his energetic lead, would, without the shadow 
of a doubt, be fully experienced. 

The Confederate Array of Northern Virginia, under 



GENERAL GBANT's CAMPAIGN. 249 

General Lee, was also making preparations for this, the 
final struggle. Every able-bodied man, both young and 
old, was pressed into the service. The daily avocations 
of life were in a great measure suspended ; the large 
and hitherto flourishing plantations left uncultivated, 
except perhaps in those secluded portions not yet in- 
vaded, and from which the supplies of the armies were 
mainly drawn. 

The aim sought by the Federal commander-in-chief 
was evidently to cut off communications with these 
fertile regions, not only this, but to utterly destroy them, 
his subsequent movements confirming this policy. In 
the meantime each contemplated movement was im- 
mediately made known to the Confederate chief. No 
matter how much secrecy was observed, nor how 
successfully combinations were effected, General Lee was 
at once apprised of them. Was the devil in league with 
this great commander? Else how could these facts so 
quickly become known? A conundrum, which neither 
General Grant nor his corps commanders were able to 
solve. 

The plan of campaign adopted by the Federal chief, 
after thoroughly canvassing the situation, was to move 
in a south-westerly direction, thinking to flank General 
Lee, who in his strongly entrenched position at Orange 
Court House, would make a direct attack impracticable. 
Here again was seen the handiwork of the indefatigable 
spy, Carrie Foster, for the route so skilfully planned by 
General Grant, secretly, as was believed, was well-known 
to General Lee in advance of its contemplated execution, 
and preparations arranged to meet it. 

Every movement of the Federal army, every con- 
templated move, even was at once reported to General 
Lee, whereat General Grant, as also his corps command- 
ers, were at their wits end to understand or locate the 
source of information, so speedily made known to the 
enemy. 



^50 AFTER SIX DAYS. 



CHAPTER XXXYII. 

AFTER SIX DAYS, 

THE 6tli day of May had now arrived, the warm 
beams of the rising sun looking down on this 
beautiful May morning on a field of three days' continu- 
ous hard fighting, where thousands of brave men had 
fallen, the parched brown earth eagerly taking up this 
warm life blood, their last sigh, " Would that I had 
another life to give to my country." Thus brave in life, 
death found them no less so. 

The policy of General Grant at the outset of his 
military career, inaugurated and usually successfully 
carried out, was, that when once getting a hold, never to 
let up so long as there remained the most remote hojie 
of retaining it, believing, as he one time remarked, 
"The Federal commanders don't fight their battles out." 
Oq the contrary his aim was to fight to a finish. 

Accordingly the contest was to be again resumed, 
with orders to attack as early in the morning as possible, 
therefore the command was given to advance at five 
o'clock, expecting to take the enemy by surprise. So 
General Sedgewick at this hour moved his columns to 
the front, yet ere they had taken position. General Long- 
street was upon them. 

It seems that about midnight, a corporal of the guard, 
stationed at an out lying outpost, when going his 
rounds, perceived a sentinel skulking in a clump of 
bushes hard by. Calling to him to know for what reason 
he had deserted his post, the sentinel replied in a fright- 
ened voice, 

" Whist, Corporal, it's a spirit." 

"What's a spirit, Pat?" 

" Faix, your honor, a spirit all in white," and Pat came 



AFTER SIX DAYS. 25l 

forth from cover, trembling in every limb, and with a 
voice so shaken as to be scarcely inteUigible. " I seen it," 
says Pat, " a coomin from beyant the General's quarters, 
a crapin through the bushes, an me hart stopped a batin 
loike. Och ! Your honor, I'm a did mon, the spirit 
coomed to warn me," and little did Patrick O'Shauglmessy 
drame he was going to be kilt loike this ontoirely. Holy 
mither of St. Patrick, I'm a did mon." 

In a number of late engagements General Steele had 
narrowly escaped with his life from shots fired in his 
rear, a fact for which he could easily account, as he well 
knew a member of his own command was at the bottom, 
seeking to play the roll of assassin. While his suspi- 
cions were fully aroused, it was deemed the wiser course 
to abstain from letting them be known, or to enter pro- 
test, anyhow, for the time being. 

About this time the Ninth corps was ordered to move 
on the Chancellorsville road, to which was afterwards at- 
tached the corps of General Warren, and nearly at the 
same time, the Confederate corps of General Lougstreet 
moved to intercept them. The face of the country, 
along which the columns were marching, was quite roll- 
ing, interspersed with scattering groves of stunted cedar 
and pine. The several forces liere meeting, an engage- 
ment took place lasting for nearly three hours, when the 
Federals, receiving heavy reinforcements, the Confederates 
were compelled to fall back, driven from their chosen 
position, the loss of Federal officers being unusually 
heavy. The 4th Michigan returned commanded by a 
lieutenant and the 1st Michigan, which went into the 
action two hundred strong, came out with only thirty-five 
uninjured. 

Six days had now elapsed since the commencement of 
this series of hotly contested battles, and what the out- 
come would be, should they be much further prolonged, 
none could tell. It had the ap])earance of a re-enactment 
of the Killkenny Cat tragedy, " nothing left but the 
tails," and scarcely enough of those feline appendages 
intact to be worth the recording. Studying the situation, 



252 AFTER SIX DAYS. 

General Grant at length came to the sage conclusion that 
hereafter his orders to corps commanders should be 
transmitted through a different channel. " For," he ar- 
gued, *' may there not be a traitor among my aids-de- 
camp ? Else how is it possible for the enemy to become 
apprised of my every move, thus prepared to meet 
and checkmate my advances ? " 

To this end, he summoned to headquarters, the simple- 
minded and evidently innocent hospital nurse, to whom 
he broached the subject by saying : 

" Miss Foster I recognize in j^ou one who has done 
our people much service in so generously caring for our 
poor wounded, suffering soldiers, and as you have shown 
so much evident loyalty to them and patriotism for your 
country, I now desire to employ you in another branch 
of the service, and one which I've no doubt will prove 
as well pleasing as the other. You have no doubt 
noticed, Miss Foster, that by some unknown means. Gen- 
eral Lee is informed of our movements in advance of 
their execution, and as I've at all times endeavored to 
maintain the utmost secrecy, notably about the last ad- 
vance ordered, in which I indulged the expectation of 
taking the enemy by surprise, yet which was fully under- 
stood by the Confederate chief, I am convinced we have 
a traitor in our midst, but who that person may be, is 
beyond my comprehension. Now Miss Foster, what I 
propose is this: I will empower you, at least for a time, 
to transmit all open orders, and secret ones, as well, to 
my corps commanders in the field. In the meantime 
keep your own counsel. I trust in this manner to check- 
mate the renowned General Lee at his own game; at the 
same time I am well aware that I am placing an unwar- 
ranted degree of responsibility upon you ; still I believe 
from what I've seen of you in the past, you will be quite 
able to bear it. How does this arrangement suit you, 
Miss Foster ? " 

" Most admirably, General, as I can conceive of no 
way in which to bettter serve the cause in which I am 
laboring; You have, General, reverted to my loyalty to 



AFTER SIX DATS. 258 

the soldiers and patriotism to my country, both of which 
I can assure you I have at heart, at the same time both 
shall be equally displayed in the service you suggest. 
Yes, General, place upon me any burden you choose, 
and my one desire sliall be to meet your approbation." 

The young traitress said this looking General Grant 
squarely in the face, who on his part believed he had 
never before looked on a fairer type of female loveliness, 
and well he might think so, at the same time it would 
have been well bad he known how false. 

As for herself, the young spy mentally soliloquized, 
"Ah, General, with all your reported shrewdness, you've 
at last m,et your match ! I said I was imbued with 
loyalty, and overflowing with love for my country, yet I 
didn't say which part, and that I would carry forward 
your designs, yet I didn't say for whose benefit. Ha! 
ha ! General, two can play at the same game. It's bet- 
ter, however, I think for you, they shouldn't be at cross 
purposes." 

" Now," said the general, seating himself on a some- 
what ancient camp stool, " this affair so happily settled, 
as I trust to our mutual satisfaction, we will commence 
operations at once." 

Then opening his desk, he took therefrom writing 
materials and penned a few lines which he handed to the 
spy with the remark : 

" I would like you to carry this to General Sedgewick. 
You will find him probably some two miles out on the 
Chancellorsville turnpike." 

Placing the dispatch in a reticule hanging at her side, 
then bidding the general good-morning, she mounted her 
horse and rode swiftly away until at length reaching a 
secluded place in the midst of a thick piece of wood, she 
drew pencil and paper from her pocket, quickly copied 
the note, which immediately disappeared within a secret 
fold of her dress, then resumed her journey. 

Nearing the vicinity of General Sedgewick's lines, she 
was horrified upon meeting an orderly riding in hot haste 
to notify General Gran.t of the death of the noted gen- 



254 AFTER SIX DAYS. 

era! to wliom she was bearing the dispatch, the occur- 
rence taking place while in the act of superintending the 
mounting of a batter}", he being the victim of a Confed- 
erate sharpshooter stationed in a treetop some distance 
away. The command then devolved upon General 
Wright, whom the spy sought upon learning the facts of 
the case, handing bim the dispatch intended for General 
Sedgewick ; then hastened to General Lee, placing in his 
hand the copy. 

A few hours subsequent to the death of General 
Sedgewick, another advance was ordered along the 
whole line, the right wing in the lead. 

Carrie Foster, now a secret messenger of General 
Grant, had by him been intrusted with the dispatch or- 
dering the advance of the entire force, and as in the 
former case, notified General Lee in time for him to 
make adequate' preparations to meet and check it, 
therefore when the engagement took place, in which 
both infantry and artillery were employed, the Confed- 
erates held the ground, inflicting severe loss on the Fed- 
eral lines. 

The following day, the 10th of May, was fought the 
fiercest battle of the campaign, the lines occupying 
nearly the same ground and position as on the preced- 
ing Monday. 

The Ninth Corps of colored troops were now for the first 
time brought into action on the extreme left of the 
Confederate lines, the Fifth Corps, in conjunction with the 
divisions of Barney and Gibbon, on the centre, when 
rapidly charging the Confederates with cold steel, 
fighting hand to hand, they were at length driven from 
their long line of pits. 

The Federal commander having got his blood up to 
red heat, was now for a verity "pushing things," and 
having secured a foot-hold, proposed to maintain it, 
fighting to the bitter end, a fact which now began to 
dawn on the mind of General Lee, whereas in previous 
engagements under other commanders, he had found a 
bold front conducing to his best interests. Still employ- 



AFTER SIX DAYS. 265 

ing every means in his power to sustain his ground and 
maintain his lines, he found it a more difficult matter, 
when opposed by a commander who determined to push 
boldly on, holding the ground wherever in the least de- 
gree tenable. In a word. General Lee began to compre- 
hend the meaning of the words previously used by Gen- 
eral Grant, when he averred, "The generals don't fight 
their battles out." 

Again another day was closing, the shades of night 
drawing nigh, things, doubtless somewhat in favor of the 
Federals, when a most vigorous and determined assault 
was made along the entire Federal front, and notwith- 
standing a withering fire, they succeeded in scaling the 
walls of the enemy's works, taking one thousand pris- 
oners, then falling back to their former position, when 
night closed in, hiding in its darkening shadows a terri- 
bly bloody though undecisive field, the Federals having 
lost nearly twenty thousand. Surely a sad spectacle. 

At the close of this eventful day. General Grant sent 
to the President the following memorable dispatch : 

" We have nearly ended the sixth day of very hard 
fighting, with results very much in our favor. Our 
losses have been heavy, as well as those of the enemy. 
I think the loss of the enemy must be greater. We 
have taken over five thousand prisoners in battle, while 
he has taken few from us, except stragglers, I propose 
to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer." 

Since the commencement of this sanguinary cam- 
paign, no rain had fallen, and the atmosphere being ex- 
ceedingly dry and suffocating, proved a great hardship, 
especially to the wounded, but during the afternoon of 
the 11th of May, a heavy rain set in, producing a won- 
derful revivifying effect, and to swell the enthusiasm, 
word was brought that General Sheridan had accom- 
plished a successful raid against the enemy's out-posts, 
twice falling in with the Confederate horse under Gen- 
eral Stuart, who was threatening Chaucellorsville and 



256 CONSTRUCTION OF A BOAT. 

Fredericksburg where were packed the Federal baggage 
and ambulance trains. Moving his columns toward 
Fredericksburg, General Sheridan had passed entirely 
round the Confederate right capturing a train of cars 
filled with four hundred wounded Union prisoners; mean- 
time destroying two locomotives, three heavy trains, and 
in addition tearing up the railway track for a distance 
of eight miles, while about the same time a division of 
cavalry, under General Custer entered the outlying de- 
fenses of the Confederate capital, capturing one hundred 
prisoners and a battery of light artillery. 

In this latter engagement, the celebrated cavalry 
leader, General Stuart, fell mortally wounded, by which 
the Confederacy suffered a loss equal to the Federals, in 
the death of General Sedgewick, as General Stuart was 
the head and front of the Confederate cavalry. The 
command now devolved upon General Duke Steele, he 
being at ; this time the senior brigadier. So we now 
find our old friend raised to one of the most important 
and lofty positions in the Confederate army. 



CHAPTER XXXVIII, 

CONSTRUCTION OF A BOAT. 

IT will be remembered that when we last took leave 
of the Islanders near the commencement of the tropi- 
cal winter, the subject under consideration was the con- 
struction of a boat. 

The first thing in order to be decided was the form, 
size and material. For the first two, Herman sketched 
a plan, in which the little vessel was to be thirty feet in 
length, three beam and two and one-half in depth, then 
handing the drawing to the captain, he asked his opin- 
ion. 

"Admirable ! " exclaimed he, after carefully examin- 
ing it. "Nothing could be better." 



CONSTRUCTION OF A BOAT. 257 

This decided, nothing now remained to consider save 
the material. There was but one kind to which they 
had access, that of wood. Still it was important this 
should be as light as possible. So they set out for the 
forest, strolling about aimlessly until at length the cap- 
tain made the discovery of a tree, which, he averred, 
was just the thing. It was of a light, soft easily 
worked texture, the bark presenting a smooth and glassy 
surface ; its size four feet in diameter, towering upward 
to the height of nearly sixty feet before a limb was 
reached. 

On the following morning all arose early, Csesar setting 
before them an excellent breakfast to which they did 
ample justice, well knowing that the labors of the day 
would necessarily be severe. 

Shouldering their axes, they made their way to the 
forest, at once commencing the work, taking stations on 
either side of the huge trunk, and after some three hours, 
labor, the forest monarch began to topple, swinging 
back and forth, until at length it fell with a crash 
awakening the forest echoes and large numbers of wild 
beasts at the same time, who were seen darting out ot 
the bushes, while great flocks of sea fowl rose from the 
neighboring lagoons, uttering loud cries at the un- 
wonted commotion. Meantime Caesar, the most af- 
frighted of all, came running to the spot, shouting 
" Massa Captain, wha yo don now?" Then noticing 
tlie prostrate trunk, he turned back tov/ard the cabin, 
ejaculating, "Massa Captain's de berry debil fo makin 
big noise. 'Spect he want to scare Caesar mos to death." 

The texture of the wood was found not unlike white 
pine of more northerly climes, though of a reddish cast ; 
the grain coarse, open and easily worked, when first cut, 
3'et hardening rapidly under the sun's rays, the bark ex- 
cessively hard, from which it was proposed to hollow the 
log, cutting to within one inch of the inner surface of 
the bark, thus they would have a strong compact and 
light shell. 

Thirtv feet were now measured, when the cutting was 
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258 CONSTRUCTION OF A BOAT. 

commenced, some two hours' labor being required in the 
operation. 

" Well my boy," suggested the captain, taking off his 
hat and mopping his streaming face, "this is powerful 
exercise, and I am heartily glad so much of the work is 
accomplished, the hardest part I imagine ; yet how are 
we to hollow the log, that's what's bothering me just 
now ? " 

The captain was no mechanic, or at the best a yerj 
poor one. On the other hand, while having little 
practical knowledge of the use of tools, Herman might 
be said to possess a natural gift in that direction, so he 
came to the captain's relief, saying, " Why sir, it's the 
easiest thing in the world. Bore a series of holes, say 
four inches apart, also the required depth, afterward cut 
the spaces between them with a saw. See ? " 

"Yes," quoth the captain, "I see, and a capital idea 
as well ; furthermore allow me to say, I believe you are 
an uncommon genius, for with all my worldly-wise 
experience, such a thought would never have entered 
my head. But I say, old fellow, ain't you tired ? I • 
am anyhow, so let's quit work and take a season of 
rest," which being readily agreed to, our friends re- 
turned to the cabin, and after eating supper and pipes 
lighted, Herman said: 

" As I presume. Captain, we may be on the lookout for 
rain at any time, T would suggest erecting a shed under 
which we can work, otherwise wet clothes will be our 
portion, not a very agreeable thing to contemplate." 

" Yes," replied the captain, " another wise suggestion " 

So on the following morning they set about the task 
cutting poles the required length, supported by posts at 
proper distances. The framework completed it was 
then interlaced with small limbs, and when covered 
with heavy masses of foliage, a compact tight roof was 
formed impervious to water and the sun's rays. 

Now the work was commenced in good earnest, con- 
tinuing with little intermission for the space of nearly 
two months, at the end of which time they were enabled 



CONSTRUCTION OF A BOAT. 259 

to look with much satisfaction on the result of their 
labors. For here was a vessel of good size fitted with 
two pair of good oars, rudder, a stout mast and out- 
riggers, the latter suggested by Herman, who had pre- 
viously read an account of the South Sea natives mak- 
ing use of the contrivance in time of high seas, thus pre- 
venting the overturning of the boat, proving quite often 
to them that it was a wise precaution, as otherwise their 
lives would inevitably have been sacrificed. A large square 
sail was also fashioned from a supply of bunting, secured 
at the time of landing. 

In journeying about the island a species of shrub had 
been discovered from which exuded a soft pliable gum, 
which when exposed to the heat became excessively 
hard. This gum when gathered in sufficient quantities, 
and melted by a moderate degree of heat, was while hot 
applied to both the inside and outside surfaces of the 
boat, forming an extremely hard, glass-like compound, 
impervious to the corroding action of salt water, at the 
same time protecting the sides from warping or crack- 
ing. A platform was also formed extending from the 
outer edges of the outriggers across the body of the 
craft, thus a good sized platform or deck was secured on 
which they could stand, sit or recline at pleasure, while 
a light rail running entirely around prevented them from 
being washed overboard in case of high running seas 

The month of March was now close at hand, the 
rainy season was closing, and the many long days spent in 
activity had been pleasant and happy, yet they longed for 
dry weather and sunny days when they could again be out 
of doors without having to encounter storms of wind and 
floods of rain to both of which they had been subjected 
for so long a time. The long, low lying banks of heavy 
clouds obscuring the sun's rays were fast hastening 
away, soon to be succeeded by clear skies and more 
equitable temperature. 

A somewhat formidable undertaking now seemed to 
stand in their way none other than that of transporting 
the large and cumbersome craft to the shore, nearly half-a- 



260 CONSTRUCTION OF A BOAT. 

mile distant. Yet this was not long in being accom- 
pli shed tlirougli the ingenuity of Herman in propos- 
ing a set of rollers similar to those used in moving 
buildings. To this end a number were cut from straight 
bodies of trees, some five feet in length and three inches 
in thickness, which being placed systematically under 
the long keel, the craft was soon on its way, and ere long 
floating proudly on the waters of Baxter's Bay, the 
name given to a sheet of water lying in front of the 
cabin extending inland for some little distance ; also the 
point where they were landed upon leaving the yawl of 
the Black Eagle, 

The island had been christened Perkins Land, and not 
desiring to slight their good friend Cgesar, the distant 
chain of mountain heights was called Caesar's Heights. 
The little inland sheet of water went by the name of 
Big Toe Lake, suggested by Caesar from experience with 
the large fish, while the stream running from the lake to 
the sea was called Sparkling Water, and as it was deemed 
advisable the little vessel should also be endowed in a 
like manner, it was honored at Herman's suggestion, 
with the name of the captain's daughter Bessie. But the 
captain, not wishing to be out-done in generosity by his 
young comrade, proposed Nelly, and as neither were 
disposed to give way, the affair was at length decided by 
tossing up, Herman winning. So the staunch little 
craft ever after went by the name of " Bessie," thus 
more closely entwining about his heart the girl he loved 
from seeing her name in large letters engraved on either 
side of the bow. So the captain would often get the 
laugh on the young lover, upon his saying, " She's a 
fast sailer," or " a spanking craft," by inquiring which he 
referred to, the boat or Bessie, a remark the young man 
was fain to take to heart, as he would reply : 

"Do you suppose, Captain, I would for a moment com- 
pare the dear girl to our boat no matter how useful the 
latter may be to us, though I'm willing to admit she's 
cost us a deal of hard work. There, don't laugh, 
Captain, you know which I mean." 



CONSTRUCTION OF A BOAT. 261 

The dinner hour now having arrived, the captain, 
accompanied bj Herman, repaired to the cabin, where 
Ciesar was as usual found busily engaged with his pans 
and kettles, from the contents of which he soon laid 
before them one of his excellent meals, remarking, " I don 
a little extra dis time in honah of de ship, wha yo spect to 
sail roun de worl in, but you no take Caesar long. No, 
Ceesar don want to go round dis yerth nor any oder. 
Dis island suit him berry well, Massa Captain, no sah." 

Dinner over, the captain remarked, "Herman, sup- 
pose this afternoon, we give our boat a trial, so that we 
may be the better able to judge as to her sailing qual- 
ities. 

As this was readily agreed to a few moments later 
found them on board, sail hoisted and the vessel stand- 
ing out to sea. 

Some two hours later, they returned, delighted with 
the prospect of now being able to navigate the waters 
surrounding their island home, for the little craft proved 
entirely sea worthy, making fair progress under even 
a light breeze. However they scarcely went so far 
yet in their enthusiasm as to lay plans for a race with 
an ocean steamer. The boat was secured to the shore 
by a stout hempen cable, then returning to the cabin, 
they smoked, indulging in happy contemplation of the 
benefits to accrue from this acquisition to their many 
possessions, for there was now a sense of relief from a 
former feeling of isolation and utter helplessness natural 
in their condition. Surely they had much cause for 
thankfulness that their situation was no worse, and no 
less for gratitude to the commander of the Black Eagle 
for having so generously supplied them with the neces- 
saries of life, also for the acquisition of the lad Caesar 
to their ranks, for competent, faithful and active in the 
discharge of his duties, the entire charge of the little 
household being delegated to his care, thus both the 
captain and Herman were wholly freed from affairs 
which in time might have proved irksome in the 

extreme. 

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262 CONSTRUCTION OF A BOAT. 

CaBsar not only prepared, but also provided a con- 
siderable portion of the food. The waters abounded in 
fish of excellent quality ; turtle were found in large 
numbers, while fowl could easily be procured with- 
out stint, and Caesar was not only a good fisherman, 
but also a capital shot, so the larder was as a rule abund- 
antly supplied with both fish and fowl. Now and then 
his comrades would shoulder their guns and go out to 
the lake which at times swarmed with all manner ot 
sea fowl, when a few well directed shots would bring 
down as many as they could conveniently carry, and 
now in possession of their little vessel, they could go 
comparatively long distances out to sea, when in the 
deeper waters fish of large size could rapidly be obtained. 
Thus, taking it all in all, the islanders were in a condi- 
tion tending to a happy life, being at the same time freed 
from the many cares, vexatious and worries incident to 
thickly peopled communities, and were it not for a sense 
of isolation, a longing for the companionship of friends, 
or an occasional peep into the doings of the outer world, 
from which they were as completely severed as the inhab- 
itants of the moon, no condition of life could have 
possessed more charms or been attended with a greater 
degree of happiness. The little farm, too, was in a flour- 
ishing condition, as since the rains had ceased, the warm, 
bright rays of the sun, taking their place, the seeds 
planted at the commencement of the rainy season, were 
growing rapidly, and should the harvest be as now 
promised, there would be no future lack of food. The 
deep, rich, virgin mould caused the plants to shoot 
upwards with intense vigor and most wonderful rapid- 
ity; this combined with the equitable climate, there 
seemed nothing in the way of continued happiness and 
prosperity. 

One Sunday morning about this tiime, shortly after 
the captain and Herman, who were wont to lie in bed 
somewhat later than was their custom on week days, 
had risen, Caesar was observed making for the cabin on 
a run, shouting, seemingly, in a state of unusual excite- 



CONSTRUCTION OF A BOAT. 263 

ment, *' Massa Captain git Caesar cle gun. De pesky 
varmints eat up all de crops." 

" Why, Caesar," exclaimed the scarcely awakened 
captain, " what's the matter? Something terrible hap- 
pened, eh ? " 

" Well, dar has, sah, and someting mo terrible yet, 
yo don hand me dat gun quick." 

Caesar had risen quite early, thinking to take a stroll 
around the little farm, in which be took much interest, 
when opening the gate of the enclosure, hundreds of 
wild fowl rose from the ground, where they had a few 
minutes previously alighted for the purpose of making 
a breakfast on the tender growing plants. Upon see- 
ing the state of affairs, he ran back to the house as fast 
as his short legs would allow, then procuring a well 
loaded musket hastened to the field, discharging the 
heavy charge of shot into the midst of the marauders, 
bringing down several brace of fine, fat ducks and a 
couple of geese. 

"Dar, you blamed igiots," exclaimed the delighted 
black, " Cassar teach you to let de corn and peas alone 
after dis." Then returning to the cabin loaded with his 
treasures, he began at once to prepare the morning 
meal. 

Had Cffisar lain in bed a half hour longer the fruit of 
many months' hard labor would have come to naught 
and our friends would have been placed in straightened 
circumstances, but appearing as he did in the nick of 
time very little damage had been done the crop, but it 
taught the islanders a lesson they would not soon for- 
get. As Caesar remarked, " It am de airly bird dat 
catch de worm, and Caesar de boy who cotch de bird." 
That they were all thoroughly frightened was little 
matter of wonder, as their future weal, if not their very 
existence, depended largely on the growing crops, so 
often thinking the matter over, it was decided that a 
guard should be stationed over the priceless treasure, 
taking turn about until the grain should have fully rip- 
ened and been harvested. Yet as the birds scarcely 



264: CONSTRUCTION OF A BOAT. 

ever commenced flying until day-liglit, it was consid- 
ered unnecessary for the friends to leave their beds until 
dawn. 

"Pon my word, this is a little tough on a fellow," sol- 
iloquized Herman, as musket in liaud, he strolled out to 
take position on guard mount, " to be obliged to wake 
and turn out just at the hour when one is dreaming of 
his girl and other pleasant things, and all on account of 
those heathenish birds. Shows they were not brought 
up in a civilized community, or they would let a fellow 
sleep until sunrise anyhow, instead of shouldering a 
musket at this outlandish hour in the morning." How- 
ever, at Caesar's call, according to previous agreement, 
the young man lazily crawled out of his warm bed, 
just at the first streak of dawn, dressed, and bathed in 
the cooling spring water, feeling so greatly refreshed 
thereby that he cheerfully took up the line of march for 
the field. Yet when, but a little more than half way to 
his destination, great flocks of ducks, geese and other 
fowl were observed winging their way over head to the 
coveted field, in anticipation of a morning feast, liaving 
doubtless forgotten the sad result attending their former 
indiscretion, though evidently somewhat on the lookout 
for enemies as they warily approached, manifesting less 
confidence than on the previous morning. 

The "fowl avenger," remained in hiding until the dis- 
trust of the wary birds seemed to have been set at rest, 
for suddenly as though by concerted action they alight- 
ed in one great body, preparatory to commencing ope- 
rations. So also did the avenger, for opening fire on the 
dense mass, a score or more were stretched lifeless on the 
ground, the unhurt, though no less terrified ones, rising 
with flapping wings, filling the air with their discordant, 
frightened cries, taking their way to the inland lake. 

Several mornings now passed in succession with little 
disturbance, both the captain and Herman taking turns 
in keeping close watch, until at length a number, in 
seeming forgetfulness of the former disaster, or perhaps 
from less experience, were observed flying over the field, 



CONSTRUCTION OF A BOAT. 265 

scarcely dariug to alight, as vvbeaever coming within 
range of the musket, a shot would send them quickly 
away ; so that it now became a much less difficult mat- 
ter to guard the crop. Several weeks now passed in 
comparative quiet, when one morning the captain, re- 
turning from " guard mount," reported the crop ripened, 
ready for the harvest. So they began work on the 
following day, and at nightfall all had been secured in 
excellent condition. 

" Now," said the captain, supper over, pipes lighted 
as usual, sending forth clouds of smoke, a feeling of con- 
tentment reigning over all, in the pleasing contempla- 
tion that the supplies would be quite adequate to their 
future wants, " a thought strikes me. How are we to 
grind our corn ? " 

" "Why," answered his companion, " we must build a 
mill." 

" A mill, my boy ? Well that's a good suggestion, 
but how, that's the question." 

" Well," replied Herman, " you know the old saw : 
' Where there's a will, there's a way.' The first we 
have, else we would not be in our present prosperous 
condition; the latter we must find out as best we may." 

So the young inventor set his wits to work, ere long 
evolving a plan, suggestive of good results, and which 
he believed would surmount the difficulties attending 
the construction of the mill. 

The stores of supplies furnished by the commander of 
the Black Eagle would still hold out for some time, so 
upon further consideration, it was deemed best to post- 
pone the mill project until the advent of another rainy 
season, as their time would be fully taken up for the 
present with more important duties. Notably the in:i- 
provement of another acre of ground, which added to 
that already under cultivation, would greatly increase 
their means of subsistence now deemed advisable, as 
"any large surplus accruing," remarked the captain, 
" could be shipped to foreign markets." 

" Ya, ya," interposed Caesar, " de foreign markets can 



266 FURTHER INVENTIONS. 

be reached by de new ship, yo spose. Am dar likely to 
be a short crop in foreign parts, tink yo', Massa Cap- 
tain? Hab yo ceived vices to dat affect ob late, sab. 
Mebbe de commander of de Black Eagle like some ob 
our crop. Mebbe some day he com sailing dis way and 
confiscate de whole ob it. Mebbe too, dem revenue 
cutter folks like some ob our provisions down dar whar 
Massa Satan don hab dem. Mebbe dar be short crop 
down dar, de wedder so berry hot. Yum, yum, Massa 
Captain, wha yo don tink ob dat, eh ? " 

*' Oh, take yourself off," I'eplied the amused captain, 
"you're a bad lot, Csesar, what do you know about for- 
eign markets, though no doubt you'll soon enough find 
out all you'll want to know about the revenue cutter's 
people." 



CHAPTER XXXIX. 

FURTHER INVENTIONS. 

OUR Islanders now set to work clearing an additional 
acre, first felling the trees, the work advanc- 
ing rapidly, their previous experience in handling the 
axe having made them quite expert in its use, as also 
hardening their hands and toughening their muscles. 
Still it was found a matter of necessity to leave the 
harvested grain in the field until a new stone house could 
be erected, from which fact the wild fowl again became 
troublesome by their oft repeated depredations, the 
ripened grain furnishing a tempting meal; they appear- 
ing in such numbers that one person was required con- 
stantly on the ground, aud as it was desirous to be spar- 
iug of ammunition, Herman set to work contriving a 
trap to catch them. 

From the long, straight limbs of trees he cut poles, 
which were split lengthwise. With these an open box 
of large dimension was fashioned, four feet in length by 



B'URTHER INVENTIONS, 267 

three in width. Then he smoothed the surface of tlie 
ground, placing over it the box, raised to a sufficient 
height, so that the birds could easily enter, then scatter- 
ing inside a little shelled corn, in the meantime attach- 
ing a cord to a stick holding the box in position, he took 
his station a little distance away and awaited the result. 
Soon large flocks of ducks and geese appeared, finally 
settling down, when spying the grain shelled and scat- 
tered no doubt for their especial benefit, they crowded 
under until the trap was nearly filled, when the cord was 
pulled, the box fell and the unsuspecting birds were 
trapped. Again a wise thought was suggested. Why 
not save the lives of the birds for subsequent use ? an 
idea which was carried into effect by the construction of 
a much larger box. Afterwards a pen of goodly 
dimensions was built by enclosing a strip of ground 
with long palisades, then clipping the wings of the 
birds. Many dozens were thus safely housed, furnishing 
a ready supply whenever needed, as also eggs in abund- 
ance. It was also resolved to attempt the taming of 
several pairs of both ducks and geese, so that in the 
event of ammunition running low, by simply stepping 
to the poultry house, they could wring the necks of as 
many as were desired, and as Herman said, " The feathers 
can be plucked for pillows." 

" Well, I declare," remarked the captain, when these 
measures were explained to him, " you are evidently pre- 
paring for a lengthy stay. Yet I dare say you are 
right." 

The addition to the stone house had been taken hold 
of and completed; the grain threshed and stored, exceed- 
ing in quantity their expectations, amounting to no less 
than ten bushels of shelled corn, six of peas and about 
the same quantity of beans. The crop of potatoes and 
other vegetables was abundant, so they now considered 
themselves placed above want until another crop should 
have been grown. In the meantime the ground was 
again prepared for planting. 

Had any of Herman's college associates met him at 



268 FURTHER INVENTIONS. 

this time, lie would have been scarcely recognized, as 
previous to his island life he had never during his whole 
existence performed a day's manual labor, for when 
at home a servant stood ever ready to attend and supply 
his every want. 

The crop thoroughly secured and safely stored, the 
new storehouse erected together with preparing and 
planting the farm, had fully occupied the time until the 
rainy season was about to commence. Meanwhile 
discussions relative to the projected mill were of fre- 
quent occurrence, to which end it was necessary to secure 
stone of the proper quality for grinding. 

During one of their trips across the island the chain 
of hills falling in their route, larger masses of rocks had 
been observed cropping out which it was believed 
might be utilized for the purpose in question. So a 
couple of days later they set out on the expedition, car- 
rying such tools as were deemed necessary for the work, 
or rather such as they possessed which were necessarily 
limited in quality and number; simply an axe, shovel, 
wooden lever and materials for blasting, a steel drill 
and some gunpowder. 

A couple of hours' journey brought them to the 
desired locality, when they at once commenced opera- 
tions by digging the soil from under a large piece of 
rock, partially detached from the main body. Then 
they drilled several holes of the required depth, which 
were loaded and a fuse attached. Then moving some 
distance away they awaited developments which were 
not long in coming. The discharge and report which 
followed, echoing among the hills, was not unlike a roll 
of thunder. It was seconded by the rising of numerous 
flocks of fowl from the adjacent lake, while wild beasts, 
some of large size, fled from the neighboring thickets. 

One of the largest of these animals halted in its 
flight, and turned back, seemingly with the intention of 
attacking the disturbers of his rest. 

Grasping a musket, Herman leveled the piece, yet 
hesitating until his victim should have arrived quite 



FURTHER INVENTIONS. 269 

near, when the weapon was discharged sending a ball 
through the beast's head. That he was of the cat 
species, who are said to have nine lives, was evident ; 
for instead of dropping dead as he should, he rushed 
on his assailants, the captain selected as the one for 
attack, securing a deep cut from the sharp claws of 
the animal on his left shoulder. But for the presence 
of mind of Herman, it would have fared hardly with 
liim, for the beast was so deeply enraged and furious 
from pain, that his onslaught was terrible. 

However, Herman coming to the rescue, directed a 
powerful blow with an axe head, laying the beast lifeless 
at his feet. 

" Another trophy," remarked the avenger. " Pity 
Csesar couldn't have been in at the death. But your 
shoulder, Captain, it's bleeding. Let me examine it." 

" Oh ! bother," he exclaimed, " it's nothing bui a 
scratch." However, upon stripping off his shirt, it was 
found to be a pretty severe scratch, so Herman washed 
and bound up the wound, as well as his limited resour- 
ces would permit, and it was many a day thereafter ere 
the captain could say with truth that he had a sound 
arm. 

At the time our friends were landed on the island, 
among the effects taken with them, was a box having 
the appearance of being filled with old junk, presum- 
edly worthless, yet upon investigation it proved of the 
utmost value, for among other articles was found a set 
of cold hardened steel drills admirably adapted for the 
purpose in question. These were the ones brought to 
bear in the drilling the holes for blasting the rock for 
the proposed mill stones. 

The blast proved a decided success, as a single layer of 
the hard rock was displaced from its bed, which upon 
measurement was found to be of the required size and 
thickness. 

The long sultry day was now drawing to a close ; the 
workmen were exceedingly weary, and as the night 
would soon fall upon them, they suspended operations 



270 rURTHER INVENTIONS. 

and set about preparing a camp for the night, having, 
with commendable forethought, brought provisions 
sufficient iur a couple of days' sustenance. 

Supper over and pii)es smoked, they spread their 
blankets on the warm dry ground ; then lying down 
were soon sleeping soundly. Nothing- of moment dis- 
turbing their slumbers, as their sleep was too profound 
to hear the howling of wild beasts who, scenting the 
dead body of their comrade, made the forest resound 
with their angry cries. 

At an early hour of the morning, they awoke greatly 
refreshed, well knowing a hard days' work was before 
them, for the heavy stone must be transferred to their 
home distant some five miles. 

It would have been greatl}'^ to their liking had Caesar 
been with them to assist in the work of removal, but it 
seemed a matter of necessity that the negro should re- 
main at home on guard over their stores of provisions, 
grain and ammunition. 

In the emergency, a cart or any wheeled vehicle no 
matter of how simple construction, would have proved 
timely, but having nothing of the kind, they resorted to 
the most simple expedient possible, still one quite effec- 
tive. 

Cutting a pair of pliable poles some ten feet in length, 
they fastened them securely at either end two feet apart. 
Near the low^erend, the stone was placed, and secured 
so as not to be easily disturbed by jolting over the un- 
even ground. Then by placing each a shoulder at the 
further end, they hauled the heavy load quite easily, 
though somewhat slowly. 

By walking steadily, resting every half mile, and an 
hour or two at mid-day, they reached their home shortly 
before sun set, finding Caesar as usual, employed about 
the kitclien, as he said " pareing fo' comp'ny." 

"Well, massa Captain," said the good natured black, 
"you don got mity big stun dar. Golly but dat grine 
de cawn 1 " 

Quite w^orn out by the excessive labor during the 



FURTHER INVENTIONS. 271 

past two days, they agreed the next should be a 
holiday. 

The voice of Csesar was now heard, cheerily calling, 
" Come to suppa," and as he had put forth an extra 
effort in its preparation, he wanted no lingering, prefer- 
ing to serve it while hot, and little wonder, for here 
were fried fish, roast duck, baked potatoes, corn pone 
and an excellent cup of coffee; "a feast," as Herman said, 
" equal to a home restaurant." 

On the following morning, all lay in bed late, except 
Csesar, who preferred rising in good season that nothing 
might be found wanting at breakfast, and as he felt his 
importance as custodian of the house and premises, he 
usually went the rounds, both night and morning to see 
that all things were in proper order. 

While eating breakfast, the captain proposed a 
holiday excursion, a sail on the sea. 

" All right," said his companion, " and suppose we 
take our lines, going a mile or two out from shore and 
take some deep sea fish." 

So getting lines and hooks in readiness, both of the 
larger size, also a supply of salt pork for bait, they 
went on board and set sail, Oeesar for once accompany- 
ing them. Thus sailing for an hour, they found them- 
selves quite a long distance from their home, though 
still in sight. They now baited the hooks, the boat 
drifting at will. 

Soon the large fish began taking hold and ere an 
liour had elapsed, nearly a dozen deep sea bass lay 
floundering at the vessel's bottom until at length, Her- 
man again casting line, drew from the deep waters the 
largest of all, requiring the concentrated efforts of all his 
companions to effect the capture ; then again baited the 
hook, as he said, " for the last time," with the remark, 
" now for a whale." 

Yet the words had scarcely been spoken when the hook 
was taken with so sudden and severe a grip, the hold 
of the line so firm, that ere he was aware of the danger, 
he was drawn overboard, at once sinking from sight. 



272 FURTHER INVENTIONS. 

"For the love of heaven," shouted the captain, 
"dive vmder the boat! " And little wonder, for in plain 
sight, and only ^ few rods distant, were seen the black 
fins and snout of an enormous shark. " My God ! " cried 
the horrified captain, " the boy is lost I " 

Not so, for rising on the opposite side of the craft, he 
was grasped by the stout hand of Caesar, assisted by the 
•captain, and by sheer force of muscle, was lifted into 
the boat, and not a moment too soon, for the sea monster 
closely following, had turned, his white belly uppermost, 
in eager anticipation of his prey. A few moments 
delay would have sealed the fate of Herman, who now 
lay in the bottom of the craft, panting and nearly ex- 
hausted, more from fright possibly than exertion. 

The hook taken by tlie shark still retaining its hold, 
the captain was quite anxious to effect its capture and 
as it happened, a loaded musket had been placed on board 
previous to setting out on what promised at one time to 
be an ill starred expedition. 

Herman now quite recovered from both shock and 
fright, begged permission to slay the beast, urging, that 
while perfectly willing to provide bait for fish, whale or 
shark, he had a decided disinclination to furnish it from 
his own person. 

The line was gradually shortened, until the fish draw- 
ing quite near, the musket was raised, aimed and fired, 
the large ball penetrating an eye of the sea monster, who 
notwithstanding having received a mortal hurt, struggled 
in death agonies. However, these struggles growing grad- 
ually less violent until at length he lay a lifeless mass 
on the bosom of the deep, he was soon after taken in 
tow, sail spread to the breeze and they were again under 
way, prow homeward turned, their progress somewhat 
impeded by the excessive weight hanging in the rear. 

It was nearly sunset ere the craft was snugly moored 
on the still waters of Baxter Bay. Herman was little 
tlie worse for his sea bath, only somewhat pale from the 
scare, and his nearness to a sudden and cruel death. 

The boat was secured to the shore by a stout cable 



FURTHER INVENTIONS, 278 

the shark hauled on the beach. The long sharp rows of 
teeth and wide extended jaws of the formidably armed 
animal caused all to shudder in contemplation of the 
nearness Herman bad been into their crushing power. 
Meanwhile, it was decided to leave the body in its pres- 
ent position until the following day when they would 
remove the thick hide, for as the captain averred, there 
was no better material for shoe leather. 

Upon reaching their home, all things were found as 
they had been left in the early part of the day. So, 
Caesar set about preparing the evening meal, all agreeing, 
setting aside the shark episode that a very agreeable day 
had been spent. 

During the early part of the meal, little was said, the 
captain seemingly absorbed in contemplation of the sad 
fate so lately hovering around the head of his devoted 
friend, 

" I'll be hanged if I didn't think at one time nothing 
short of a miracle could save you, and when I attempt to 
realize the lonely condition in which I would have been 
left had you met with a far worse than ' Jonah's fate,' 
I declare, my boy, it makes me tremble, however as 
the saying goes, all's well that ends well, so let's think 
no more of it but set about looking up material for the 
mill." 

To this end Herman drew a plan, the motive power the 
wind, the framework fashioned from the trunk of straight 
bodied trees, wheels cut from those that were as nearly 
symmetrical as possible. For the wind mill there was a 
framework consisting of four arms of equal length, each 
ten feet in length, attached to a central hub through which 
ran a shaft supported by upright posts, while to each arm 
was stretched stout sail cloth. The greatest difficulty ap- 
prehended, was that of dressing and grooving the stones, 
also bringing them to the desired thickness, but as this 
portion of the work would require much time and 
patience, it was decided to leave it until the winter 
months which would soon be upon them, as the days 
were gradually becoming shorter and much cooler. 
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274 FURTHER INVENTIONS. 

The bright sunny sky ere long became overcast with 
heavy laden clouds, a deepening gloom settled on sea and 
land, the winds came in fleeting gusts, the long dull 
tropical winter was fast hastening on, but for all this they 
were well prepared. 

Ample stores of provisions, timber cut and under 
cover for the mill, the little farm planted, all in the en- 
joyment of perfect health ; what more could be asked or 
desired? They had work before them to occupy the 
entire winter months, and if only a daily or weekly 
paper, a monthly periodical even could be placed in 
their possession, anything in short from the outer world, 
a few books, or writing materials, they would have con- 
sidered themselves above want. 

Of all these they were denied, yet there is in the mind 
a deeper, heart felt want, one to be satisfied only through 
genial companionship. 

In Captain Perkins, Herman found a warm hearted 
generous comrade, and in so far as everyday practical 
matters were concerned, perhaps his equal, yet in all else 
his inferior, not that his native powers were less, but they 
lacked cultivation. 

On the other hand, from having in an eminent degree 
during his whole life been the reci))ient of fortune's 
favors, enjoying the advantages of a liberal education, 
passionately fond of an argument when based on sub- 
jects requiring deep thought and thorough search, Her- 
man was none the less a genial companion and welcome 
associate to the captain; this divergence of character 
and attainment resulting no doubt to their mutual ad- 
vantage, for while one could plan, the other could exe- 
cute. 

Thus the long winter mouths passed, as, working 
faithfully and systematically, they overcame by patient 
labor, combined with much thought, many seemingly 
insurmountable obstacles, for destitute of practice me- 
chanically speaking, these would rise in their pathway 
only to be worked out by innate genius or natural talenta 
which rose to the emergency. 



FURTHER INVENTIONS. 275 

The days were short, so it was arranged to work a 
portion of each evening, light being furnished by oil 
from the flesh of wild beasts slain and the wild fowl, 
usually quite fat and plump. 

As nearly the whole of Csesar's time was given to the 
cares of the household, supplying the table and looking 
after the stores, he was seldom called upon to render as- 
sistance to his companions, thougli ofttimes a wise sug- 
gestion would fall from the darkey's lips. Thus when 
Herman became puzzled as to the method of adjusting 
the stones for successful working. Caesar came to the 
front, with a suggestion gained from familiarity with 
grinding corn on the plantation of his old Georgia 
master. 

" Why," said he, " you must adminster a square hole 
right true de middle ob de upper stone, den de cawn will 
fall to de under one." 

With this concise explanation, Herman proceeded to 
" adminster" the required hole which proved entirely 
satisfactory. 

Again came the advent of spring. The rain ceased ; 
the heavy darkening clouds disappeared ; nature rejoic- 
ing in the bursting bud and opening blossom ; the ground 
was carpeted with rich grass, while the song of bird 
was heard from branch and twig. 

An additional month of unceasing labor witnessed 
the completion of the mill, now ready for trial, and after 
a few unimportant additions, it proved even more satis- 
factory than could have been expected. 

A simple forge was also set up, a small number of 
blacksmith's tools having been found in a chest at first 
supposed filled with useless trumpery. 

A grindstone was fashioned, now considered of prime 
necessity, for their axes, planes and chisels, were becom- 
ing quite dull from long continued use. 

Thus passed the time, until four years elapsed, bearing, 
in their train alternate summer heats and winter storms, 
the inventive genius of Herman combined with the un- 
tiring energy of the captain, meantime, resulting in 



276 THE EXPEDITION. 

many useful, though necessarily rude contrivances, 
tending to lighten their labors, among which was a 
light yet serviceable plow, quite well adopted to turning 
the easily tilled soil. The captain, together with Caesar, 
furnished motive power, thus supplying the place of 
horse, mule, ox, or ass, though a thought of late had 
suggested itself to the mind of Herman, " Why not 
utilize nature's forces, notably wind, for a like purpose, 
as in the case of the mill ? " 

The skins of slaughtered wild beasts had been tanned, 
from which the clothing now worn was made; not quite 
up to style perhaps, yet well adapted to their mode of 
life. While the area of cultivated land had been largely 
added to from year to year, they were now producing 
more bread stuffs than could be used, but the captain 
argued this was greatly in their favor, for said he : 

" In case of a year of excessive drought, not uncom- 
mon in tropical latitudes, possibly of illness or some 
other unforeseen occurrence, we would not, like the Is- 
raelites of old, be compelled to ' go down to Egypt to 
buy corn.' Then too, my bo}'," he said, " we may 
some day be surprised by the advent of visitors, both 
hungry and naked." 

So the storehouse was kept filled. 



CHAPTER XL. 

THE EXPEDITION. 

ON a Monday morning, (Sunday having been spent 
not as it should have been perhaps, as the Isl- 
anders were not strict church goers, from no fault of 
theirs, however) the mind of the captain seemed the 
whole day preoccupied to the exclusion of all else, some 
weighty matter evidently having taken possession. So 
breakfast over, he said : 

" Herman, have you ever given the subject a thought 



THE EXPEDITION. 277 

that we may have nearer neighbors than we have here- 
tofore suspected ? " Then taking a piece of wood from 
his poclcet and handing it to Herman, he continued : 
" Look at this and tell me what you think." 

Herman took the block in his hand, carefully exam- 
ined it, and then replied : 

" Well, Captain, it is certainly a curious affair to be 
found in this out-of-the-way place, and I must own I 
hardly know how to answer your question." 
■ " For one thing," resumed the captain, " you will no- 
tice it is carved, and this in a peculiar manner, as the 
lines ran from several directions to one common centre, 
showing much skill in cutting. I am ready to affirm un- 
der oath, if needs be, though I am not much given to 
swearing, that the hand of native never fashioned a 
block of wood like this ; and again, when you examine 
it closely, you will perceive not only design in its plan, 
but that it was executed by a sharp, smooth-edge tool, 
and that not very long since, either." 

"But, Captain, where did you come across it? " ques- 
tioned Herman. 

" Well, you see I was strolling along the beach 
yesterday morning, and noticing something a little out 
of the common run floating in the water, picked it up, 
for it lay quite near the shore. Now the finding of this 
block of wood has not only set me thinking, but also to 
entertain a project I will now lay before you. As you 
are aware, we have never been able to discover land, 
look in whatever direction we may, from any point on 
either side of our island. Of course we have only our 
unaided sight, yet could we look a little farther by the 
aid of a glass, the possibilities are we might sight some 
hitherto unseen shore. 

" Now what I propose is this ; let us provision our 
vessel, say for three days' journey, then hoist sail, set- 
ting to the northwest, for I believe that the direction 
from which the current sets to these shores, consequently 
the one from which this block has reached us. A day 
and night out, the same to return, and should we, Col- 



278 THE EXPEDITION. 

umbus like, discover a New World, we will keep on our 
course until we reach its shores, then shape our future 
as circumstances may seem to warrant, or judgment 
dictate. I have given much thought of late to the 
question, whetlier no vessel having touched Baxter Bay 
(luring the past four years, one ever will in the future? 
What say you, my learned comrade? " 

" Oh, don't be sarcastic, please, my most worthy Cap- 
tain ; for you know I make no pretence to any unusual 
Bum of learning. So keep any thoughts you may be 
pleased to entertain in that direction to yourself." This 
was said in a pleasant humor, as the young man well 
knew the captain would not for the world make a re- 
mark, or indulge in a thought even, tending in the least 
to hurt his feelings. However, the captain honestly be- 
lieved his young friend the epitome of all human intel- 
ligence, and well he might. " I will reply to your sen- 
sible and possibly well advised remark in the identical 
language used on board the Black Eagle in answer to a 
like question, ' Wliere you lead there will I follow.'" 

" Your hand on that, my brave boy ; we will set 
about making preparations for the trip at once." Then 
to Cffisar, " Three days' rations for the crew and an 
extra one for yourself, Ceesar ! " 

Upon hearing this remark the negro's eyes blazed 
with excitement, astonishment depicted on every line of 
his ebony face, when he exclaimed," Wha, Vv^ha, Massa 
Captin, yo gwine ? Wha yo gwine to do ? " 

" Going on a voyage of discovery, my trusty friend," 

" Wha yo gwine to discober, Massa Captin, tole me 
dat?" 

" New worlds, Caesar." 

" Wha, leab dis beautiful home, gwine to take Caesar 
wid yo ? " 

"Yes," answered the captain, "we are going to take 
you, but we will only be away for a few days, probably 
not more than three, unless it so chances we find some- 
thing to suit us better." 

"Dat yo neber will, Massa Captin, no yo can't do dat." 



THE EXPEDITION. 279 

" Well lad, get tlie provisions ready ; we'll try for it, 
anyhow." 

Caesar said to himself, " Wha on de face ob de yarth 
got into de head ob Massa Captin ? Fo de lawd Caesar 
tlnk he gwine crazy. Leab dis beautiful delitsom home 
to discobba a betta one? " Shaking his head he contin- 
ued, " No man can do dat, let alone Massa Captin." 

However, Caesar, ever obedient to the wishes of his 
good friend, set about the task, . though with a heavy 
heart, and no less dejected mien, for the island home 
suited him most perfectly. 

The following morning found the craft loaded with 
necessary stores, the islanders on deck, the captain at 
the helm, Caesar amidship, and Herman at the how. 

Previous to setting out on the journey, the cabin had 
been securely fastened ; and as the crops were har- 
vested and under cover, it was believed no danger need 
be apprehended during their short absence. 

Otherwise it would have been deemed unadvisable in 
the extreme, in thus allowing — possibly compelling the 
better word — Caesar to accompany them, as he would 
have greatly preferred remaining snugly at home, than 
to take part in an expedition fraught as he truly 
believed v/ith so much danger. However, a last look 
taken, sail was hoisted, they were away with a fair 
breeze; so that ere a half day had elapsed, the island had 
Bunk beneath the sea, the topmost crest of the moun- 
tain range scarcely visible. Meantime the poor colored 
boy was in great tribulation, his mind constantly revert- 
ing to the home to which he had become so attached ; 
aye, where he had spent the very happiest days of his life. 
So shedding copious tears, he begged his comrades to turn 
back, crying in bitter tones, " Caesar will nebba, no 
nebba, see his butiful home no mo ! Oh! why hab I libed 
to see this oncomfortable day ? " 

Yea, Csesar was right in his prognostications, for 
never would he see his "butiful home no mo," nor his 
comrades ever again set eyes on the beautiful surround- 
ings, or tread shores endeared by ties of friendship, and 



280 THE BLACK EAGLE MEETS HER FATE. 

memory of happy years. Could the veil have been at 
this moment thrust aside, revealing the future scenes to 
be encountered, Caesar's advice would have been taken 
with little hesitation and they would have turned back. 
Now the island home is completely lost to view, a 
wide waste of waters surrounds them, nothing is seen 
save the white capped waves, nothing heard but the 
mournful winds as they sweep through the rigging of 
the staunch little craft. 



CHAPTER XLI. 

THE BLACK EAGLE MEETS HER FATE. 

ONCE more the Confederate privateer Black Eagle is 
heard from, cruising among the West India 
islands, convoying merchantmen to southern ports, or 
accompanying them so far on their way, as to be safe 
from Federal cruisers. 

In the meantime several small prizes had been taken, 
but this scarcely satisfied the ambitions of Commander 
Romayne, who was extremely desirous of meeting one of 
the larger vessels of the Federal navy, believing the 
Black Eagle fully competent to defy and even conquer 
any that might be brought to face liis powerful batteries. 

Walking the deck of his fine ship one afternoon, in 
company with his first lieutenant, Sir Eldred remarked, 

" I really do not like this idea of cruising in these 
waters, nor of again coming to anchor without a Yankee 
privateer in tow, as it is well known the Federals are 
not destitute of war ships in these localities, and I am 
getting wonderfully anxious to overhaul some of them, 
for the fact can't be denied that we have not met a 
foe worthy of our steel, neither have we as yet had 
a brush with a Yankee cruiser, and I do so want to 
try the metal of the armor-sided Black ^a^?e against one 
of their broadsides. Won't it be a surprise to the 



THE BLACK EAGLE MEET3 HER FATK. 281 

Yankees, eh? That's the beauty of going masked, 
for they believe us like themselves, carrying an unpra- 
tected wooden hull. Ha! ha I Lieutenant, they'll find 
out their mistake one of these days, methinks to their 
sorrow." 

" Yes," replied the lieutenant, " we certainly have as 
fine a vessel, manned by as fine a crew, sailing under as 
gallant a commander as can be found in any other seas 
of the world." 

"Tut, tut. Lieutenant, no flattery you know," said 
Sir Eldred, though he could scarcely avoid revealing in 
the quick lighting up of his remarkably fine counte- 
nance that he was not ill-pleased at the compliment so 
gracefully tendered by his first ofiicer. 

" Sail ho ! " was at this instant shouted from the look- 
out at the mast-head. 

" Where away ? " returned the commander. 

" Three points off the starboard-bow, sir." 

" What is she like? " continued the oflScer. 

"A full rigged ship, sir," answered the lookout,' 

The breeze was fresh, the Black Eagle under easy 
sail, and all things in order on deck and about the entire 
ship, as Sir Eldred was a strict martinet in all the little 
details that many another commander would have paid 
but little attention to and cared less about. 

"Turn out the men I "shouted the captain, and tlie 
instant following the boatswain's whistle was heard pip- 
ing the men to quarters. 

The crew were at once active and alert at the pros- 
pect of what they termed an " old fashioned sea fight," 
as hastening on deck, and up the tall masts, the yards 
were quickly manned. 

The Black Ea;/le glided easily and safely over tlie 
waters, sails quickly set. She made speedy passage 
toward the Yankee frigate, which appeared well pleased 
at the coming encounter, showing not the least inclina- 
tion to avoid the contest. 

The lieutenant now went aloft, glass in hand, to 
watch her motions and report to Sir Eldred the size, 



282 THE BLACK EAGLE MEETS HER FATE. 

cliaractcr, probable weiglit of metal and number of the 
crew. The stranger upon examination proved a Federal 
frigate, fully equal to if not longer than the Black Eagle. 

The Federal ship now hoisted the stars and strii)es, 
responded to by the hurrahs of her antagonist. 

The sea was at this time running high, the wind 
rising visibly, while heavy threatening clouds darkened 
the sky, betokening a storm. Yet active preparations 
were continued, little tliought of danger being appre- 
hended other than from shock of battle. 

Sir Eldred now ordered a sliot directed at the mainsail 
of the approaching frigate, and as the sea was rough, 
urged the gunners to take careful aim. 

The bow-gun was accordingly loaded, aimed, the 
match applied, when the heavy shot bounding from wave 
to wave, struck the foretopmast, causing splinters to fly 
in all directions, a hearty cheer going up from the elated 
crew at the success of the first shot. 

The gunners now hastened to their quarters, eager for 
the fray, no thought of danger entering their breasts, no 
fear showing in their countenances. Yet no one knew 
how soon he might fall mortally wounded, or be found 
lying in the agonies of death. 

The excitement attending the preliminaries of a sea 
fight is great; its possible outcome — laurels to some, 
wounds and death to others ; though from the main senti 
ment, the latter is scarcely considered by the true sea- 
man. As in this instance it was judged an impossibility, 
that an armored vessel should in any event be conquered 
by unprotected wooden walls, preparations for the fight 
went on, accompanied by jokes, cheers and hurrahs of 
the active crew. 

The yards were now thoroughly braced, in apprehen- 
sion of the menacing tempest, yet sail was crowded on, 
the commander hoping the contest might be ended ere 
the threatened storm should break. Thus the combatants 
approached, drawing momentarily nearer together, the 
Yankee frigate intent upon crossing the bows of the Con- 
federate cruiser, desiring thereby to deliver a raking fire. 



THE BLACK EAGLE MEETS HER FATE. 283 

Meantime the Black Eagle's crew, manifesting little 
fear, kept on the way, knowing her antagonist little sus- 
pected how well her sides were protected. 

Anon the contest rages in all its fury, broadsides are 
exchanged with the utmost rapidity, several of the Black 
Eagle's crew have fallen, still her guns were working 
with spirit and determination; yet in spite of all, the 
unwelcome thought now dawned upon the mind of Sir 
Eldred, that he had at last met. his match, possibly his 
fate, for the superior strength of the Federal ship, both 
in armament and men, told heavily against him. Yet ip 
any event the contest could not be of long duration, as 
the Confederates had already lost twenty men in slain, 
and nearly as many wounded. 

Meantime the shot falling harmless from the sides 
of the Black Eagle, the Federal commander suspecting 
the cause, had ordered his guns aimed so as to sweep her 
decks, from which the crew suffered far more than did 
the ship, and the vessel continuing to draw nearer until 
they lay side by side, the bowspirits were ordered lashed 
together and an attemjjt made to board the Black Eagle. 

At this instant. Sir Eldred, seeing how matters stood, 
and that his vessel was about to be taken by the board, 
shouted, 

" All hands to the front to repel boarders ! '' 

Too late! the Federals even then were swarming her 
decks, a most determined, and sanguinary contest ensu- 
ing; and as the Federals so largely outnumbered the 
Black Eaglets crew, the latter were driven to cover at 
nearly every point, while blood was flowing in torrents 
and the combatants falling on all sides. 

A combat of this nature cannot be of long duration, 
as men, however brave, have little desire to shed their 
blood in a lost cause. 

Now was heard in stentorian tones, the voice of the 
Federal chief, calling to surrender, at the same instant 
meeting face to face Commander Romayne, a thrilling 
combat ensued. Blows in rapid succession were ex- 
changed, when by a quick pass the sword of Sir Eldred 



284 THE BLACK EAGLE MEETS HER FATE. 

was wrenched from his hand, and he stood at the mercy 
of his opponent who, at the point of his blade, com- 
pelled him on pain of instant death to surrender his 
ship. 

Sir Eldred was a courageous man ; of this fact there 
could not be the least doubt, and had his crew not been 
so greatly reduced in numbers, he would have met his 
fate, trusting to their bravery to redeem both his honor 
and that of the ship, but under existing circumstances, 
he deemed it best to quietly submit, indulging in the 
hope that the wheel of fortune might, in turning, place 
the Federal commander in a like situation to himself. 

Thus ended this battle, one of the most severe naval 
engagements of the war, for more than one half of the 
Black Eagle's crew were either killed or wounded, the 
cockpit overflowing with the latter, while shrieks and 
groans were heard rising from the tortured victims of 
the surgeons' knife. 

The crew of the Federal ship suffered scarcely less in 
slain and wounded, a number of officers being among 
the latter. 

Eepairs were immediately commenced on each vessel, 
the dead cast into the sea, and ere a few short hours 
had elapsed, both ships were again under way. 

The Confederate crusier Black Eagle^ heretofore the 
scourge of the sea, now a prize following in the wake 
of her captor, sailing into the harbor of a friendly port, 
caused an immense amount of rejoicing, as the merchant 
marine could now breathe more freely, especially when 
homeward bound, laden with valuable merchandise here- 
tofore so eagerly sought by the wily privateer. 

After being fully repaired and her crew largely 
augmented, she again put to sea under a new com- 
mander, flying the stars and stripes. 

Tliis Federal man-of-war so opportunely appearing, 
seemingly by accident, was really the one sent out by 
the Federal Government for the express purpose of 
engaging the Confederate Black Eagle^ this anticipation 
being fully realized at the close of the combat. 



EPHRAIM STROUD. 286 

The old Union flag, the stars and stripes at her mast- 
head, she now appears a warm defender of the new cause 
substituted for the old one ; a change regretted by her 
old commander, Sir Eldred Romayne, more than that ill 
advised yet generous hearted sailor cared to admit, not 
so much perhaps for the pecuniary loss entailed, as for 
the §ake of the cause he delighted to serve. 



CHAPTER XLII. 

EPHRAIM STROUD. 

EPHRAIM STROUD, the false accuser of his former 
classmate, Herman Baxter understood only too 
well that the facts leading to the notorious affairs in 
which he had played so conspicious a part, must ere 
long be brought to light, in which event, his position 
could scarcely be called an enviable one. He had 
severed his counectious with the institution, taking hasty 
departure from the scene of his operations as a Con- 
federate spy ; doing this the more unhesitatingly, from 
having fulfilled his mission in removing the one stumb- 
ling block from the pathway to future aggrandizements. 
Thus returning to his home in the South he took im- 
mediate steps toward organizing a band of irregulars, 
commonly known as guerillas, of which he was 
unanimously chosen leader. 

Leading a predatory life, acting independent!}^ of any 
array regulations, subject to no discipline or punishment, 
these men were well prepared to do an immense amount 
of mischief to those people of the border states, who 
were either actually known, or suspected, it mattered 
little which, of being active sympathizers with the Union 
sentiments of the North. While possibly these unholy 
deeds were not directly encouraged by the Confederate 
leaders, they were at least condoned, for their principal 
aim and object was the plundering, laying waste, and in 



286 EPHRAIM STROUD. 

the end confiscating the substance of tbose coming under 
the ban of lawful proscription. While in the act of 
augraeuting the Confederate exchequer, they took good 
care at the same time to keep their own pockets well 
filled. 

Again many of these Confederate agents, or more 
properly speaking, spies, had originally concocted this 
scheme as a means of gaining a livelihood, as it not only 
afibrded free scope to their adventurous disposition, 
gratifying meanwhile a natui'al ill-feeling against the 
presumed enemies of the South, but also contributed 
materially to tbeir own immediate wants without neces- 
sitating the hazard to life and limb inseparable from 
legalized actual warfare. 

In the meantime, Ephraim Stroud had kept a watchful 
eye on Duke Steele, the victim of his former successful 
stratagem ; also witnessed his unusual career of rapid 
promotion, at the same time well understanding what 
his fate would be should he at any future time come 
withiu reach of the avenger's arm. Therefore, he had 
disguised his person and changed his name so that not- 
withstanding they had frequently met, he had hitherto 
remained unrecognized by the gallant young officer. 

That Captain Stroud was a shrewd intriguer, we have 
already seen. The fate of his co-w^orker in iniquity, 
Cyrus Jones, at the head of the band of troops led by 
Colonel Steele, was known to Ephraim ; he was also 
aware of the relation existing between the general and 
Nelly Baxter. So, out of the depths of his villainous 
intellect, he set about evolving a scheme whereby he 
could effectually despose of the one, and secure posses- 
sion of the other. To this end believing the time had 
arrived when the plan might be successfully undertaken, 
he would while getting within his power his bitter 
enemy, secure for himself the large wealth supposed to 
have been inherited by the young lady. 

Thus Nelly's father no more, the brother out of the 
way, in all probabilities never more to be heard from, 
Cyrus Jones the last remaining stumbling block slain, 



EPHRAIM STROUD. 287 

nothing now barring the way other than the general, 
Duke Steele, his ever fertile brain must coucoot one more 
scheme whereby his high mightiness should not only 
be dragged down from liis lofty official station, but his 
person secured as well. 

Since the hour of the advancement of Duke Steele 
to high rank in the Confederate service, Carrie Foster 
had made use of every known means whereby to recap- 
tivate his heart ; yet thus far with little success. 

In all the many battles in which he had taken part, the 
victorious general had escaped injury, being seemingly 
bullet proof. No shot from hostile gun had touched, 
no angry blade reached him. So was he now proof 
against all the wiles, stratagems and fascinations the 
beautiful, strong-willed maiden could bring to bear 
against him. 

Was this noble, highly-gifted young general her 
enemy ? Scarcely, — and herein lay the trouble. When 
did mortal man ever hate a truly beautiful woman ; for 
treat him as she may, upon the least sign of encourage- 
ment, is he not just as ready to fall down and worship 
her aye, even should thorns encompass him and tribu- 
lations be encountered ? 

In Cyril Blanchard, Carrie Foster had a faithful ally, 
one whose hate for Duke Steele was as deep and far 
more deadly, for while the one was confined to a selfish 
sentiment, little heart manifested ; tlie other lay in 
wounded honor, no less than physical suffering and dire 
mental anguish. He could not forget to whom he was 
indebted for the long weary months of illness and pain 
to which he had been subjected. 

On a bright and beautiful morning at the instant 
when drum and trumpets were sounding the reveille, 
Carrie Foster was observed riding in a leisurely man- 
ner toward the quarters of Lieutenant Blanchard, her 
mind evidently engrossed by some weighty subject, as 
she paid little attention to the stirring scenes incident 
to early morning camp life. 



28S EPHRAIM STROUD. 

She arrived at the tent, and the lieutenant noticing 
the footfalls of an approaching steed, appeared at the 
entrance, Avhen he was no less pleased tlian astonished 
upon again beholding the object of his affections. 

Greeting tlie overjoyed lieutenant in a kindly man- 
ner, Carrie asked if he could give her a few moments, as 
she had something particular to say to him. Being an- 
swered in the af&rmative, she dropped from the saddle, 
and entered the lieutenant's humble quarters, where she 
remained for a half hour, then remounted and rode rap- 
idly away, evidently in much better spirits than upon 
her first appearance. 

The following evening. General Steele received a letter 
postmarked Oxford, Middlesex Co., Virginia, purport- 
ing to have been written by Nelly Baxter. 

" Oxford, July 14, 1864. 
" My dear Duke, — 

" I am in great trouble. Your dear 
mother was taken quite suddenly and very seriously ill, 
two days since, and the attending physician thinks her 
recovery doubtful. 

" Please hasten to us at once or you may be too late. 
" Lovingly, 

"Nelly Baxter." 

" My mother seriously ill and I not with her ! " solo- 
quized the general. "Yet it is only two days since she 
was taken sick, doubtless as soon as I could well expect 
to hear of it. Yet stay, this is not in Nelly's hand. How- 
ever, the poor girl was probably nervous when she 
wrote. Yes, I must go to her at once." So he began 
preparations for leaving at break of day on the follow- 
ing morning, meanwhile, turning over the command to 
an officer second in rank to himself, with instructions to 
report daily the condition of affairs at headquarters. 

Then just as light appeared in the eastern sky he 
started on the long and tedious ride, accompanied by a 
single orderl^^ The general, in his haste, had evi- 



EPHRAIM STROUD. 289 

dently forgotten his previous experience in that direc- 
tion with the guerillas, who even now often appeared in 
full force, and that too when least expected. 

Judging from the brief note writteD by Nelly, the gen- 
eral feared he would never again behold his mother in life. 
Yet little did either suspect the many long months of 
weariness and suffering that would elapse ere he should 
look upon her face, living or dead. However, the gen- 
eral hurried his departure, in the strong hope he would 
be enabled to reach her bedside ere life should have fled, 
once more press her hand in token of his great love and 
receive her last blessing. 

Swiftly speeding on his way through the long, hot 
dusty July day, night fell when he was some ten miles 
distant from Oxford. 

Here in the outskirts of a dense tract of wood, he 
halted for a few moments' rest, greatly needed by both 
himself and his worn steed, the latter showing signs of 
so much fatigue that he feared he would entirely give 
out before having accomplished the journey. 

The general dismounted, throwing the reins to the 
orderly, when suddenly and without the least warning 
he was set upon and quickly overpowered by a half 
score of masked riders, who, ere he could realize his sit- 
uation, had securely bound and gagged both himself and 
his orderly ; then placing them in the saddle, moved 
away through the intricacies of the dense forest, leading 
in the directon of the distant mountains. 

Thus they rode in silence through the long night, 
halting now and then for rest, until the light of early 
dawn found them some thirty miles distant from the 
highway leading to the village of Oxford. 

Still pushing on, they now enter a deep secluded 
mountain gorge whose towering cliffs, together with the 
overhanging crags and dense forest shade, quite obstruct 
the rays of the rising sun. 

Moving still faster on, they soon arrive at the exten- 
sive encampment of an outlaw gang, whose leader is 
none other than the Confederate college student spy, 
IS 



290 EPHRAIM STROUD. 

and the alleged lunatic, at one time so desirous of enlist- 
ing in the ranks and under the banner of King George 
the Third — Ephraim Stroud. The general's mortal enemy, 
Lieutenant Cyril Blanchard, was also there. 

Was ever man so girt about in such hopeless cap- 
tivity and by such bitter relentless foes as he ? 

Owing to the continuous hard riding of the previous 
day, together with the severity of the night, aud the 
pain from the cords so tightly binding his limbs, the 
General was quite worn out when reaching the gueril- 
las' camp. 

His mouth widely extended by the gag, lips torn and 
bleeding, coupled with hunger from his long fast, had 
resulted in the most terrible sufferings, so that upon 
being assisted in alighting, the gag removed, and his 
limbs unbound, he fell to the ground fainting, helpless, 
and nearly insensible. 

Lieutenant Blanchard has at last accomplished his 
end. So has Carrie Foster, for she had registered on 
high a vow that, as she had used the expression, " The 
haughty coxcomb shall be brought to sue for mercy, 
aye to my very feet, shall he humble himself. 

Duke Steele, the man at whose hands Cyril Blanchard 
had been so signally chastised, this man on whose 
shoulders lay nearly the whole of his past troubles, the 
long weary months hovering between life and death; not 
only this, but also the man through whom he still re- 
mained in the position of a subaltern, while his most 
bitter enemy had risen, and would doubtless continue on 
his upward course until reaching the topmost pinnacle 
of fame as a military chieftain — this man was in his 
power. 

When taking leave of his army associates, the general 
had remarked to the officer temporarily succeeding him 
in command : 

"I have just received a letter telling of the dangerous 
illness of my mother to whom I must now hasten, but 
upon reaching her bedside I will immediately send hack 
word informing you as to her conditionj as also the prob- 



EFHRAIM STROUD. 291 

able duration of my absence, meantime should any- 
thing of importance occur requiring my presence at 
army headquarters, you will please give me due notice." 

Three days had now elapsed, and no word from the 
general. As a move was in contemplation which 
might bring on a general engagement, his presence with 
the cavalry division of the army of Northern Virginia 
was of the utmost importance. 

Dispatches were at once forvvarded to Oxford, urging 
his immediate return, replied to by Nelly, saying, 
"General Steele is not now, nor has he been here. 
Neither is his mother ill ; on the contrary she is in the 
enjoyment of the best of health." 

What could be the meaning of this most singular and 
mysterious affair ? That there had been foul play was 
evident. 

The commanding officer of the regiment in which 
Lieutenant Blanchard served, now reported that officer 
absent, and it was now understood that bad blood had 
for a long time existed between the two, thus putting 
this and that together, it really began to appear that the 
lieutenant might be an accessory, if not the real head 
of a conspiracy inaugurated to wreak vengeance on the 
head of the missing general in revenge for past injuries. 

Couriers were immediately dispatched in every direc- 
tion, the most thorough search was made ; the messenger 
in every instance returning and nothing having been 
accomplished. 

General Lee upon being notified of the absence of one 
of his leading and most widely known generals, also set 
on foot the most searching and continuous efforts look- 
ing to his whereabouts, yet all without avail. 

General Duke Steele had disappeared as suddenly 
and silently as on a former occasion, yet under far dif- 
ferent circumstances. Then a lowly, obscure young 
man, now a figure on whom a multitude of eyes were 
cast, as the gallant leader of one of the most important 
branches of the Confederate service. It really began to 
appear as though the earth had literally opened and 



292 EPHRAIM STROUD. 

swallowed liirn up in its depths. Still from the exi- 
gencies of the case, there could be no hesitation on the 
part of the military authorities ; therefore the antici- 
pated move was made, the cavalry division under another 
leader. 

The days, weeks, and months passed without the least 
sign or discovery of the whereabouts of the missing 
general, until from the urgency of the case his command 
was permanently taken and his exalted station filled by 
a celebrated officer under commission of the Governor 
of Alabama. 

As would most naturally be the case, both the mother 
of General Steele and Nelly were greatly alarmed at 
his long continued absence; Nelly even making a jour- 
ney to army headquarters, there conferring with General 
Lee, inquiring as to the mysterious disappearance of her 
lover. It is safe to say that no one event in the history 
of the war had so stirred military circles ; in fact, it was 
for a considerable period of time, the main topic of con- 
versation, and little wonder, when taking into consider- 
ation the fact that an officer of high rank, enjoying the 
utmost confidence and esteem of the commander-in- 
chief, should have been thus spirited away, disappearing 
so suddenly and without the least warning. 

The affair was certainly incomprehensible. Yet as 
time passed, scenes of a stirring nature of daily occur- 
rence tending in a large measure to draw the attention 
in other channels, it was at length, if not entirely for- 
gotten, unheeded. 

General Grant was now vigorously " pushing things," 
the Confederate forces gradually but surely becoming 
hemmed in on all sides, resources cut off. The fact be- 
came daily more and more apparent that surrender must 
ere long take place. 

While General Grant was holding tight rein over the 
Confederate forces at Petersburg, General Sherman was 
leading his squadrons through the most prolific portion 
of Georgia, laying waste a vast area extending from 
Atlanta on the north to Savannah on the south. 



THE PRISONER, GENERAL STEELE. 293 

This uoted march to the sea, eulogized in song and 
story, may justly be conceived as one of the greatest 
military achievements of the age, and while to General 
Grant may be conceded the conception of the scheme, 
to General Sherman, a no less mead of praise shall be 
awarded for its execution. 

Guarding approaches to the National Capital, once the 
main object, keeping lines of supplies open then of the 
first importance, were now esteemed secondary consider- 
ations in the minds of the two great leaders, as the sup- 
plies of the one lay in the country traversed by his 
legions and his headquarters in the saddle. 



CHAPTER XLIII. 

THE PRISONER, GENERAL STEELE. 

"TTTELL, my brave General, how do you find 
YY yourself this morning," was sarcastically 
spoken by Lieutenant Blanchard upon entering the dark 
gloomy underground cell-like apartment, located in a 
cavern on the side of the mountain at the base of which 
lay the outlaw camp, to which place the unfortunate 
general had been taken, and rigorously confined since 
the time of arrival in the early morning. 

Hearing these words, the general slowly raised him- 
self to an upright posture, at once recognizing in the 
speaker none other than his implacable and bitter enemy, 
Cyril Blanchard. 

Casting his eyes about the dimly lighted room, at 
once comprehending the significance of a plot so skill- 
fully arranged and successfully carried out, he allowed 
his gaze to rest on the well-known features of his 
abductor for a few moments, then spoke : 

" Blanchard, what do you expect to gain by this infa- 
mous outrage? Are you not aware of the fatal conse- 
quence sure to follow the betrayal into the hands of his 



294 THE PRISONER, GENERAL STEELE. 

enemies of an officer of the rank I bold in the Confeder- 
ate army ? " 

" Why, General, reallj^, I little thought of your taking 
this bit of pleasantry so greatly to heart," was the sarcas- 
tic reply ; " and I'm truly surprised that you don't appeal 
to my well-known generosity and tenderness of heart 
which often causes my soul to overflow with the milk 
of human kindness, especially when put in the right 
form, but which I am sorry to say is not the case in this 
instance. Perhaps you are about to tell me the cause 
of Secession will sufier immediate dissolution, when 
thus losing one of its standard supporters, bravest 
defenders, and highest officers ? 

" I tell you Steele, and this in plain words," went on 
the lieutenant, " the days of Secession are numbered, 
its foundations undermined, its hitherto strong walls 
crumbling, its massive pillars weakened, its fall at hand. 
What, let me ask, have I gained by a willing adherence 
to the cause? Do I not remain in the same lowly posi- 
tion in which I first started out? Have I advanced one 
step? No; on the contrary, I have suffered a thousand 
deaths, lain long weary months in a condition few have 
been called upon to endure. And you, you have been 
the cause of it all ! While lying on a sick bed, no ra}'^ 
of hope to cheer the days, my nights one continued 
agony, I swore revenge, patiently biding my time, know- 
ing sooner or later it would come. It has! In my 
power, hope lost, no outlet or means of escape, you will 
leave this place only to be borne to a silent unmoumed 
grave on the side of yon mountain, already deep dug 
to receive your worthless remains." 

At this moment Ephriam Stroud strode upon the 
scene, sarcastically remarking : " Well, General, hope you 
don't bear any grudge ! Little trick of the boys, you know, 
down there on the pike. Then, too, old school fellows, 
shouldn't get the big head. But I say, Steele, you 
haven't forgot the little trick I played on the college 
green, (so to speak) eh ? Wonder by the way how 
friend Baxter is getting on? Ha ! ha ! Good joke on 



THE PRISONER, GENERAL STEELE. 295 

both you fellows. Don't hurt though to take a little of the 
starch out now and then, but I really do beheve I've a 
chance to get even with you now for the scurvy trick 
played on me over there at B.ichmond, when I offered 
my services as standard bearer in the ranks of King 
George, and to pay for it you had me arrested and sent 
to the guard house. Oh ! I've got a long memory, and 
I'm going to tell you something now that'll make that 
serene countenance of yours take on a different aspect, 
or my name's not Ephriam Stroud. So, to be serious, 
I'll explain that having so successfully outwitted one of 
General Lee's most trusted adherents to a lost cause, I 
take pleasure in informing you that I am about to leave 
you in charge of your charitable friend. Lieutenant 
Cyril Blanchard, late of the 1st Alabama Cavalry, now 
connected with Captain Ephriam Stroud's band of regu- 
lators ; that is to say, we are in the habit of regulating 
sundry domestic affairs of our friends, of which, as I 
may say, you are the chief. The said Blanchard, now 
my lieutenant, will doubtless attend to your wants, 
which will not be many nor as I apprehend greatly 
prolonged. 

"I have also the honor to inform your lordship that in 
the meantime, I ride forth at the head of the boys on 
an expedition to inquire after the health of your sick 
mother^ Ho ! ho ! Sick — be d — d. Good joke that, 
Steele — and the capture, abduction, if you like the term 
better, of your well beloved Nelly, whom I propose on 
the instant to make my better half, a parson having al- 
ready been engaged to perform the ceremony." 

Shortly a.fter nightfall, Ephriam Stroud, at the head 
of the outlaw band, rode out from the encampment and 
down the mountain side, following the regular beaten 
path leading to the highway he expected to take, hoping 
to reach Oxford shortly before daybreak, Cyril Blanch- 
ard remained in camp with a portion of the gang, de- 
tailed to guard the prisoner, while Ike Morton, noted as 
being one of the most blood-thirsty members of the 
band, was in disguise, suited to the part he was to act 



296 THE PBiSONER, GENERAL STEELE. 

in perforining the ceremony of marriage between Stroud 
and his destined victim. All were in high spirits, 
partly from success attending the capture of the ob- 
noxious general ; partly from the anticipated sport in 
witnessing the mock marriage of their leader with the 
high born and wealthy heiress ; and more than all else, 
owing to being heavily reinforced by liberal potations of 
whiskey. 

The journey down the steep hill-side was contin- 
ued until the' pike was reached, no obstacle intervening, 
until, just as they emerged from the forest, a small 
troop of Federal scouts appeared, coming from the di- 
rection of Oxford. At once recognizing their peril, 
from being greatly outnumbered by the Federals, the 
outlaws put spurs to their alread}' overridden steeds, 
thinking thus to avoid a conflict, little to their liking, 
but the scouts charged down upon them, soon overtak- 
ing them and demanding their surrender. At this junc- 
ture, the guerillas finding a conflict inevitable, wheeled 
about, charging in turn with much spirit, but, being 
taken at a disadvantage, were soon overcome, the chief 
receiving a severe wound. 

Tlie outlaws fleeing, escaped owing to the partial 
darkness of the early morning, chased for a distance 
across tlie neighboring fields hy the troopers, who now 
returned, resuming their former line of march. Mean- 
while, owing to the gloom, made still more intense by 
the heavy shadows of the surrounding forest, the fall 
of the guerilla chief had been unnoticed, and he lay by 
the roadside until the return of his followers, who upon 
examination found him so badly wounded that it be- 
came necessary to construct a litter whereby to convey 
him back to camp. As this was an unavoidably slow 
proceeding it was late in the evening when they reached 
the mountain encampment. Thus the expedition had 
utterly failed, and the design of abducting Nelly was 
reluctantly abandoned. 

Ephraim Stroud, on a bed of pain, cursed the ill-luck 
which had so summarily brought him to his present sad 



THE PRISONER, GENERAL STEELE. 297 

coudition, and good fortune so signally deserting bim on 
the eve of the consummation of his most ardent de- 
sires. 

The original plan of the bold conspirators had been to 
make way with Duke Steele, before by any possibility, 
his rescue could be effected. But under these altered 
unforeseen circumstances, it was deemed best to keep him 
a close prisoner, providing him food sufficient only to 
prevent actual starvation, which plan carried out, three 
long weary months passed, the guerilla chief meanwhile 
suffering the most intense agony with little prospect of 
ultimate recovery. 

General Steele, confined in the close underground 
cavern, shut out from the light of day, the air deadly 
impure, deprived of nourishing food, had now become 
wasted to nearly a skeleton; his features pinched ; his 
form emaciated ; his skin almost transparent, and hia 
limbs so attenuated and feeble that they could scarcely 
bear his light weight. Thus lying on a hard couch, a 
prey to the most agonizing emotions ; hope of deliver- 
ance nearly abandoned ; wishing each day might be his 
last, a ray of light penetrated his dismal abode and at 
the instant, a hand is lightly laid on his shoulder, fol- 
lowed in a low voice, by the injunction, "Keep still." 
Lifting his nearly blinded eyes, what should he behold 
other than the black honest face of his old devoted serv- 
ant Eph. 

" My God 1 " whispered the delighted captive, and 
was about to continue with a blessing on the head 
of the boy, when he motioned him to silence, laconically 
remarking : 

" Massa General, don't say nothin." 

The poor faithful colored boy had long mourned the 
loss of his beloved " Marster," he who had so generously 
cared for and nursed him when lying sorely wounded, 
almost to death, bringing him back to life, health and 
strength. 

No tidings. No word received from his kind friend. 
Search abandoned ; all hope of the general being 



298 THE PRISONER, GENERAL STEELE. 

restored to liis friends gone, even should he yet remain 
alive, considered at this late day doubtful, Eph had 
secretly resolved to go in quest of him unaided and 
alone. So in his many wanderings to and fro, during 
many long weeks he had accidentally, providentially 
perhaps, come upon the guerilla camp. Lying in wait ; 
keeping close watch, meanwhile suspecting, yet scarcely 
daring to believe his master a prisoner in the free- 
booters' stronghold, he had on this eventful morning 
discovered the unsuspecting sentinel asleep at his ip06t 
Carefully and cautiously working his way to the entrance 
of the cavern, at the same time well-knowing his 
fate should he be discovered, he heard, after a few 
minutes' listening, low moans issuing from the mouth of 
the well concealed interior. Still crawling, worming 
noiselessly along, he soon found himself at the bedside 
of the one for whom he had been so long in search. 
Then remaining silent for a few moments until his eyes 
became accustomed to the dim light, he saw his master 
lying in a most miserable condition and in an attitude 
of despair on a dilapidated cot. Admonishing the 
captive to remain silent, he said : 

" Marse General, Eph's guy'n for help; keep up good 
courage, sah, for in tree or four days you'll be rescued. 
Marse General, don't let de pesky grillas kno Eph's been 
hyar." Then pressing the hand of his old friend, he 
bade him good-bye, disappearing' as noiselessly as he 
came. 

Making his way cautiously out of the cavern, hiding 
whenever possible, he successfully eluded the vigilance 
of the guard, soon finding himself on the way down the 
mountain side. About one-half of the journey accom- 
plished, falling hoofs were heard, coming from the oppo- 
site direction, when he dropped behind the friendly 
shelter of a thickly growing clump of bushes until the 
strangers should have passed, when he was startled by 
the appearance of a band of guerillas climbing the steep, 
rugged mountain pathway, returning from one of their 
nocturnal raids, as they had in charge a half-score of 



TflE PRISONER, GENERAL STEELE. 299 

led mules, also a large quautitj of provisions, fresh 
meat, flour, corn meal and potatoes strapped to the backs 
of the stolen animals. 

Again Eph took up his toilsome journey, hurrjing on 
as rapidly as the rocky uneven surface of the ground 
would permit, until at length he found himself in the 
near vicinity of a lonely farm-house, at the same moment 
spying in an adjacent field an unhappy looking mule, 
who, the lad judged, had been left by his owner, sole 
monarch of the premises or for that matter of all he 
Surveyed, for the little life still left within him seemed 
the sum and substance of all there was in the entire 
region round about, as solitude, notwithstanding its many 
charms, evidently reigned supreme. 

Proceeding to an ancient, tumble-down stable, Eph 
came across a rope halter, which he placed on the head 
of the poor brute, who was evidently delighted at again 
beholding the face of a human being, even though a 
black one. Leading the broken-down beast to the road- 
way, Eph mounted, moving away as rapidly as the 
feeble legs of the animal would allow, grateful for even 
this slim addition to his traveling resources for the boy 
was nearly as worn and exhausted as the mule. Thus 
he kept on his way, seldom showing himself at any of 
the out-of-the-way cabins lying on his route, many of 
which were entirely deserted, and those which were not, 
in scarcely a better condition as regarded the necessaries 
of life. Still he jogged on, happy in the thought of 
being engaged in a mission tending to the liberty and 
life of his master, both of which were at this moment in 
the greatest jeopardy. In this manner three days passed, 
the evening of the third finding the pair nearing army 
headquarters. The stars and bars waving in the distance 
presented a sight both charming and inspiring to tlie half- 
starved boy, even the mule sharing in the enthusiasm. 
At length reaching the encampment, Eph rode up and 
accosted an outlying sentinel : 

'• Sail, can yo gib me de direction ob de headquarters 
of General Lee ? " 



800 THE PRISONER, GENERAL STEELE. 

The sentinel seemed inclined to oppose the farther 
progress of the sorry pair. The mule was scarcely able 
to maintain a standing position, now and then giving 
vent to an agonizing bray resembling the eftect of a rasp 
on the teeth of a cross cut saw, or a boy's first attempt 
to draw notes from a fiddle, while Eph was evidently 
nearing the last stages of exhaustion, yet upon his 
urgent representation that he had "business ob de 
greatest 'portance to transact with the commander-in- 
chief," a corporal was summoned who, taking the lad in 
charge, escorted him to the quarters and presence of the 
great commander, who with little ado, inquired in his 
usual gentle manner, as to his business. Eph, overcome 
partially from a sense of awe when finding himself in 
the presence of one of whom he had heard so much, 
also from physical weakness, could only ejaculate : 

"I'se fine him, I'se fine him, M arse General." 

" Found who, my boy ? " questioned General Lee. 

" Massa General, sah." 

" Well, that's not a very definite answer surely. Yet 
tell me of whom you are speaking. What general have 
you found?" 

" Marse General Steele, sah ! " ejaculated Eph. 

" Found General Steele ? Who are you, and what do 
you know of this, my favorite general ? " 

"I'se his sarvent, sah, and I'se don been more'n tree 
weeks huntin, an I'se don fine him way ober de montin 
dis side Oxemford, sah." 

" Oh, yes ; Oxford you mean, I presume? " 

"Yes, sah, Oxemford, dat am it fo shua." 

"Why, my boy," said the incredulous general, "Gen- 
eral Steele disappeared, and that most unaccountably 
three months since, and notwithstanding every efibrt has 
been made that was possible in any wise tending to his 
discover}'-, nothing has come of it. Yet, tell me what 
you know about him, and, my word for it, if you have, 
as you say, discovered his whereabouts and the story 
you tell me proves to be the truth, of a verity you shall 
not go unrecompensed." 



THE PRISONER, GENERAL STEELE. 301 

" Well, sah, it am de truf I'se tole you, fo Eph neber, 
no iieber, tole a lie in his life. No, sab, not eben when 
ole Mam Cloe don pull him year, an dat am the truf, 
Massa General, too, sab." 

" Well, Epb, I've no disposition to question your 
veracity either in the case of Mam Cloe or in the pres- 
ent one, but you say you have found him, and now please 
tell me where and under what circumstances." 

" Massa General, he war under no circumstances, but 
in a cave, in de side ob de mountain, whar he am tied 
wid ropes an his bones stick out all ober him. Deed 
da do sah, an he am mos dead, an dat am a fac." 

" Can you lead the soldiers to him ? " questioned Gen- 
eral Lee. 

" Yes, sah, I'se know de way." 

"Well, well! Steele a prisoner in the mountains!" 
soliloquized the general. "But," continuing, "do you 
know, Eph, who are his captors ? " 

" Yes, sah, Lieutenant Blanchard an a hull lot ob 
grillas." 

Summoning an aid-de-camp, the general gave orders 
for a squad of cavalry from Steele's old regiment to 
prepare for immediate duty, remarking that they'd 
make short work of those fellows, who had the audacity 
to capture and keep in ignominious captivity their for- 
mer colonel, to whom they were greatly attached. 

The squad of well equipped and thoroughly armed 
troopers, some fifty in number, now drew up in line in 
front of the general's tent, when he gave them his final 
instructions. 

" Captain Oglesby, you will proceed with all possible 
dispatch to the rendezvous of a gang of outlaws, headed 
by Lieutenant Cyril Blanchard, as this colored lad, who 
will be your guide, informs me. Rescue General Steele 
and let not one of this contemptible gang of miscreants 
escape. Kill or capture every one of them — the vil- 
lains! It makes my blood run cold to think that an 
officer, of whom I've stood so greatly in need, should be 
kept a prisoner for this length of time in their vile 



302 THE PRISONER, GENERAL .STEELE. 

haunts. Yet stay. One tiling further ; if possible, in 
your onslaught, take Blanchard alive. A good subject 
for example, and by the Gods! he shall be made such. 
Now my men, do your duty." Saying which the gen- 
eral entered his tent, followed by the cheers of his at- 
tached and willing soldiers. 

" Boots and saddles " then rang out on the still air of 
evening, and in a few moments fifty of General Lee's 
bravest troopers were on the way, Eph astride a fresh mule 
in the advance, riding by the side of the gallant Captain 
Oglesby, his pockets filled with hard tack, which he was 
greedily munching, while his faithful old mule was 
equally enjoying his hay and oats undisturbed at the 
rear of the wagon-master's quarters. 

Twenty- four hours' hard riding brought them to the 
vicinity of the outlaws' camp, where coming to a halt, 
their tired steeds were tethered and a guard placed over 
them. Then a circle was formed, completely surround- 
ing the well fortified encampment. 

The day has scarcely broken, no one about the camp 
stirring, for as they had heretofore remained in fancied 
security, not in any wise molested, so did they now. 
The sentinels were evidently in the enjoyment of a 
comfortable morning nap, so the dragoons were enabled 
to penetrate nearly to the centre of the camp undiscov- 
ered, no suspicion of danger disturbing the dreams of 
the outlaw band. 

Anon, in clear ringing notes the bugle sounds the 
charge, the outlaws spring from their tents, to be con- 
fronted by sabre and carbine in the hands of men well 
skilled in their use and with hearts eager to avenge their 
captive leader. 

As the guerillas leave their beds, each hand grasps 
a weapon, and as they emerge from their tents, each 
receives a sabor thrust or revolver shot, so that but a 
few moments are required to end a contest in which the 
odds are so unevenly divided, and as no quarter was 
asked or given, the greater portion of the outlaw band 
soon lay either struggling in death agonies, or mortally 
wounded. 



THE PRISONER, GENERAL STEELE. 303 

Captain Oglesby, now that his services were not re- 
quired at the front, following in the lead of Eph, re- 
paired to the mouth of the cavern where was confiued 
General Steele. 

Hurriedly entering its gloomy precincts, he was hor- 
rified at beholding Cyril Blanchard, who with sword up- 
lifted was about to deal the captive a mortal blow; yet 
ere he could do ought to stay the blow, Eph, who had 
entered in advance, with the swiftness of thought and the 
bound of a tiger, was upon him. 

Grasping the arm of the assassin at the instant the 
weapon was descending, the blow was turned aside, and 
before Blanchard could again raise his weapon, the cap- 
tain dealt him a blow with the butt of his revolver which 
sent him reeling to the earth, where he lay stunned and 
bleeding. 

Summoning two of his men, the captain ordered 
Blanchard bound. Having recovered his dazed facul- 
ties, he sat glaring at his opponents, saying nothing, 
when the captain, turning his attention to Steele, said : 

"General, I am sorry to find you in this sad condition, 
yet with good care, nourishing food and more comfort- 
able quarters, I trust you will soon be brought round 
all right. 'Tis true we had about given up all hope of 
again seeing you, but through the heroic exertion of 
your old Eph, we are, thank God, in time to save you, 
not only further degradation but as I trust your life, and 
in the meantime bring this contemptible wlielp, (excuse 
the ungentlemanly expression. General, but well chosen 
language fails in a case like this,) to the justice he so 
richly merits." 

Upon examination, the general was found in an almost 
dying condition; still it was believed that with proper 
care, his life might be saved, though possibly his health 
not wholly restored. 

Lieutenant Cyril Blanchard at once comprehended in 
its full meaning his present situation, and that the game 
he had so skillfully played was up ; so with a scowling 
face, he quietly submitted, making no show of resist- 
ance, well knowing it would be wholly useless. 



304' THE PBISONER, GENERAL STEELE. 

He was now led to the outside of the camp, when he 
was taken in hand by a squad of troopers who made 
little pretence of handling him with excessive caution. 

On the contrary, he was jostled with rude hands and 
with more haste than might seem compatible with judi- 
cious care. 

On looking over the field of battle, four only of the 
whole number of guerillas were found to have survived. 
The remainder perished, fighting bravely, which in a 
worthy cause would have redounded to their honor, now 
to their shame and lasting disgrace. 

The general was found in a frightfully weak condition, 
literally starved, and it Avas generally believed, that lu'id 
not Eph taken the officer in hand, or had he been de- 
layed in securing aid, the general must inevitably have 
succumbed to his tortures, and thus would have miser- 
ably perished one of the staunchest supporters and most 
worthy adherents to a lost cause. 

It his present weak and emaciated condition, it was 
deemed best that he should remain in the outlaw camp 
until he had gained sufficient strength to be removed to 
his mother's home at Oxford, where, under the judicious 
treatment and loving care of Nelly, his chance for re- 
covery would be augmented and doubtless greatly hast- 
ened. Therefore a small squad of troops were left in 
charge to guard against future surprise by the enemy. 

Lieutenant Blanchard, together with his companions 
who were unhurt, were returned to army headquarters in 
charge of the dragoons, under Captain Oglesby, where 
soon after they were summoned to the presence of Gen- 
eral Lee, who questioned Blanchard as to his motive in 
decoying and capturing the eminent commander of the 
cavalry forces, and why he subjected him to such harsh 
treatment. 

" What," said the indignant general, "did you expect 
to gain when committing this high handed outrage? 
What excuse, sir, have you to offer for deserting your 
command at a time when every man's services, no nifitter 
in how humble a sphere, were most in demand? I 



LIEUTENANT BLANCH ARD's FATE. 806 

am confident yonr conduct can only be explained in one 
of two ways. You are either demented or an infamous 
scoundrel ; as for cowardice, I have never suspected you 
of that." 

" Neither, General, neither," replied Blanchard. " I 
claim no clemency from dementia, for I well know 
what I was doing; as for your second cliarge, 
scoundralism, I leave that for you to judge; and as to 
cowardice, ask my comrades. Yet, General, 1 do claim in 
justification of what you are pleased to designate as my 
offense this: General Steele has in time past deeplj'' 
wronged me. While he has risen from grade to grade 
until reaching one of the highest positions in the army, 
I am still in that of subaltern. While I have gained 
nothing in honor or fame he has acquired both. With 
neither friends or fortune, he has evidently borne a 
charmed life, no position too high of attainment, no 
honor too great to be bestowed ; while on the other hand 
1, in the enjoyment of wealth, social prominence and 
influence, have not advanced one step in promotion, nor 
one degree of honor. His, General Lee, is the hand, 
the leading factor in all my troubles, and on his head I 
determined the blame should rest, aye, where it surely 
belonged. For the overwhelming injuries inflicted, I 
sought revenge. In part I've been successful ; for the 
portion remaining unsatisfied, I cheerfully relinquish all 
claim. My fate, sir, is in your hands, and having noth- 
ing further to offer in justification of my course, I can 
only say, do with me as you will." 



CHAPTER XLIV. 

LIEUTENANT BLANCHARD's FATE. 

JUST at the instant when the beams of the rising sun 
cast its brilliant rays over the extensive grounds of 
the encampment of the Army of Northern Virginia, on 
19 



306 LIEUTENANT BLANCHARD's FATE. 

the morning succeeding the trial and sentence of the ill- 
fated Blanchard, a detail of infantry, led by a sergeant, 
were observed filing down one of the main avenues leading 
to the grounds devoted to drill and dress parade, a muffled 
drum beating time to the slow movement of the troops. 

In the centre of the battalion of soldiers, arms 
tightly bound, head uncovered, in civilian costume, 
walked a young man, on whom all eyes were turned, as 
the principal figure in the drama about to be enacted. 

He appeared neither cast down nor mindful of his 
perilous situation. On the contrary, he carried himself 
as one might imagine the martyrs of olden times bore 
themselves when on the way to the stake well knowing 
the torch and fagot there awaited them. 

At a little distance and near by the point where halt 
was ordered, might be seen a newly dug grave ; near its 
brink a rudely made coffin. 

Obeying the command of the officer in charge, the 
little party advanced, taking position near the side of 
the yawning vault, when the young man knelt, a hand- 
kerchief on the instant drawn and tightly bound across 
his brow, covering the eyes and concealing the upper 
portion of his face. 

At a little distance to the right, stood a group of offic- 
ers in cavalry undress uniform, while several rods in an 
opposite direction, were gathered in groups, a score or 
more of the comrades of the one for whom these prep- 
arations were being made. 

The chaplain, an old war-worn veteran, who had ever 
held the victim in the highest esteem as a brave soldier 
and worthy member of the regiment, stood by his side, 
prayer-book in hand, intoning scriptural texts common 
to similar occasions, his trembling tones suggesting the 
painful emotions agitating his mind. 

Following the scriptural readings, was the burial service, 
taken as a whole a most impressive scene and one well 
calculated to impress with the utmost solemnit}^ not 
only its active participators, but the spectators as well, 
Tlie morning made bright by the yellow beams of the 



LIEUTENANT BLANCHARD's FATE, 307 

sun, uow mounting higher in the heavens, the serene 
atmosphere, the neatly arranged grounds of the extensive 
military encampment, dotted with a vast sea of snowy 
tents, the broad folds of the Confederate stars and bars 
lazily waving in the gentle breeze, the burnished arms of 
the soldiery reflecting the rays of the sun, birds sweetly 
in chirping the neighboring thickets — all these lent a 
charm directly contrary to the solemn scene. Thus nature 
seemed desirous of exhibiting her greatest charms in 
mockery of the spirit of the poor mortal, who having 
taken a last fond 'look at the beauties of earthly scenes 
and its fleeting joys, silently awaited the dread sum- 
mons, the last of earth. 

The file of soldiers now advanced, taking position ten 
paces in front of the doomed man. At this instant, the 
roar of the distant signal gun, accompanied by the boom 
of the deep-toned bell from the tower of St. Stephens, 
proclaimed the moment had arrived for the execution. 

The word of command was about to be given, car- 
bines in the hands of the executioners were raised, the 
signal held aloft by the officer in charge was about to 
drop, aim had been taken, the command "fire," lingered 
on the lips, and was just about to be given, when sud- 
denly the form of a female on the back of a swiftly 
ridden steed, was seen approaching at headlong speed, in 
her hand a white handkerchief, franticall}'- waving 
which aloft, she cries in piercing accents : 

" Hold! On your lives, hold ; a reprieve ! Hold till 
I can speak with you," 

The carbines were instantly lowered, meanwhile the 
rider, leaping from the saddle, drops on her knees by 
tlie side of the bound man, whose form she clasps in 
her arms, whispering in his ear, " Cyril you are saved 1 " 
Then springing to her feet, she hands the sergeant an 
order from General Lee, demanding the execution stayed ; 
then turning to the astonished lieutenant, she tears the 
bandage from his eyes, cuts the cords from his arms, 
when he rises to his feet, if not a free, yet a living 
man. 



808 LIEUTENANT BLANCHABD's TATE. 

Each moment expecting death, Cjril Blanchard could 
with difficulty realize that he was saved, the strong re- 
vulsion of feeling nearly overpowering bis already over- 
cited nerves ; so it was some little time ere he was able 
to maintain an erect position, or even to evince the 
gratitude uppermost in his mind to the one who had so 
opportunely appeared in his behalf. While he had of- 
ten braved death at the cannons' mouth with scarcely a 
tremor, faced the charge's fierce onslaught with little 
thought of danger, ridden in the thickest of the fight 
without suspicion of cowardice, now from this wholly un- 
looked for reprieve, he was greatly shaken. 

That Carrie Foster, the maiden he so dearly loved, 
should have thus stepped in between himself and death 
at a moment when scarcely a hair's breadth separated 
him from either a joyous future or an unmourned, dis- 
honored, miserable end, seemed wonderful. An act so 
wholly unexpected was certainly beyond his comprehen- 
sion. 

The executioners were now dismissed to their quar- 
ters, Blanchard led back to the guard house, and a court 
of inquiry immediately convened. Additional facts, 
meanwhile, having an important bearing on the case, were 
elicited, through examination of the Confederate spy, 
which together with her iirgent appeals for mercy, 
coupled with the numerous services rendered by her to 
the Confederate cause, were the main factors leading not 
only to reprieve, but eventually to the discharge and re- 
instalment of Lieutenant Blanchard to his former rank 
in his regiment. 



A few days' sojourn at the guerilla camp under the 
watchful care and thoughtful attention of his comrades, 
had improved the condition of General Steele to such a 
degree that he was removed to his mother's home, where, 
it is needless to sa}'', he was received with much rejoicing 
by both his mother and Nelly, under whose loving care 
he rapidly gained strength, soon being enabled to sit up 



THE VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. 309 

a portion of the time, now and then taking a short ride. 
Yet his constitution was so greatly shaken and un- 
dermined, it coald scarcely be expected he would again 
be able to take command or participate in future engage- 
ments. In fact, the time had at length arrived when his 
presence, in whatever capacity, would be of but little 
account, for with General Lee completely hemmed in at 
Richmond, his forces at Petersburg surrounded, supplies 
from day to day lessened, it was simply a matter of time 
when surrender would remain the only alternative. His 
only trust now lay in the hoped-for successful issue of 
the contemplated engagement between the army under 
General Johnston and the forces under General Sherman. 
The latter beaten, Johnston would thus turn to the 
aid of General Lee, and the relief of the Confederate 
capital. Thus both armies consolidated would fall upon 
the Federals under General Grant with a reasonable 
hope of success. But Sherman was not beaten, neither 
did Johnston appear to the succor of General Lee. The 
strong walls of the Confederacy were surely crumbling, 
its pillars one by one falling, as prophesied by Lieuten- 
ant Cyril Blanchard. 



CHAPTER XLY. 

THE VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. 

ETURNTNG once more to the islanders whom we 
last left at sea on board the little vessel, hav- 
ing set out on a voyage of adventures, possibly of dis- 
covery, characterized by Csesar as "a berry foolish ting 
to do," we now find them many miles distant from " de 
beautiful home," eulogized by the enthusiastic colored 
lad as "de finest place in de hull world." 

They had been saihng since the early morning, now it 
was midday, as Csesar said, "time fo dinna." So he 
produced the provisions stored in the locker at the bow, 



310 THE VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. 

but as neither tea or coffee were available, resort was had 
to the water jug, and while this was not all that could 
be desired, they were fain to be content. 

No land had as jet appeared, no sail greeted their 
vision, though the shores of their own island had long 
since sunk beneath the horizon ; even the tops of the 
tallest trees and mountain summits had faded in the dis- 
tance. Still they pushed ahead, the breeze fair and with 
a cloudess sky; so aside from the excessive heat, the day 
was all that could be desired. Ab a preventative of the 
sun's burning rays, an awning was now stretched, ex- 
tending from either side of the outrigged platform, 
formed from some old sail cloth, still in quite good re- 
pair, though showing the handiwork of one not thor- 
oughly skilled in the use of the needle. 

Thus the day passed without special incident, until 
night drawing near, the sun quickly sank beneath the 
distant waves, and they must spend the hours of the 
long dark night surrounded by a wide waste of v/aters. 
Still no thought of turning back was indulged by either 
the captain or Herman, while Caesar earnestly plead, 
urging them so to do, crying, " Oh ! Massa Captain, we 
will nebba, no nebba, see our butiful home no more, 
dat we won't fo shual " 

The poor frightened fellow meanwhile shed bitter tears 
at the thought of thus deserting a place of refuge from 
the storms of life, endeared as it was bj^ ties of affection 
such as he had never before experienced. 

"Oh! yes, Caesar," said the captain in cheery reasur- 
ing tones, "we will return to our old home in good time, 
but you know, we have set out to be absent a stipulated 
length of time, and it won't do to become faint-hearted 
now. So brace up, my boy, keep up your courage, and, 
when the allotted time has elapsed, we'll right about face 
on the homeward run. In the meantime, it's possible 
we'll make some grand discovery." 

" 1 doan want to make no discobery," said the dis- 
consolate Ca3sar ; " I want to go back to our butiful 
home," 



THE VOYAGE OP DISCOVERY, 811 

The poor fellow couldn't relinquish his treasure for all 
the grand discoveries agitating the mind of his good 
friend the captain. However, soon relapsing into silence, 
he fell asleep, not waking until the sun made its appear- 
ance on the following morning ; then, suddenly springing 
to his feet before having fully regained his waking facul- 
ties, imagining himself in the little bunk at home, he 
ejaculated, " Caesar must start a fire, for it am late." 
Then discovering his mistake, he silently withdrew from 
the locker their now somewhat diminished stock of pro- 
visions, quietly placing them before his hungry compan- 
ions. 

On this morning, the sun rose surrounded by a hazy, 
threatening atmosphere, while banks of heavy clouds 
liung on the horizon, their yellow, purplish edges now 
and again opening to a background of blue, the general 
appearance, as the captain averred, " betokening a storm." 

As the sun rose, so did the wind, until it became 
nearly a gale, and as they were heading a northwesterly 
course, the stiff breeze, coming from the opposite direc- 
tion, they could not well turn back, as it was a matter 
of impossibility for the little craft to beat against the 
heavy surges bearing down upon them. So they were 
forced ahead wheresoever wind and wave impelled them. 

From the speed maintained since leaving the island, 
the captain judged they had sailed not less than a hun- 
dred miles ; but as the wind for the past hour had 
momentarily increased in velocity, and as they were 
running before it, making probably from ten to twelve 
miles an hour, the distance now must be much greater. 
So in this way they stood on until noon. 

The sun, while somewhat obscured by the haziness of 
the atmosphere, had up to this time been visible; but 
now, overshadowed by darkening clouds, momentarily 
growing more dense, it was wholly lost to view. 

To add to the gravity of the situation, the wind con- 
tinued rising, the white crested waves lifted their heads, 
rolling, tossing, beating the sides of the little vessel, not 
as yet however sufficiently to endanger the lives of its 



812 THE VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. 

occupants, as the craft skimmed over the waters easily 
and lightly. Still it required the utmost efibrts of the 
captain at the helm to prevent her from falling into the 
trough of the sea, in which event they must inevitably 
have been swallowed up in the bosom of the raging 
deep. 

But how about Caesar the while, as partially crouch- 
ing and partly lying on the platform, he presents a pic- 
ture of the most abject misery ; so utterly dazed that he 
seemed entirely oblivious to his surroundings. Tearing 
winds, raging seas and beating waves have no terrors; he 
is past all that. Having completely given way to hia 
fears, he is like a water-logged vessel which the fury of 
the storm can harm no more. 

" I say, Herman, what is that in the distance, the cloudy 
appearance on yon horizon ? " 

All eyes were now directed to the distant object evi- 
dently lying directly in their pathway, until the cap- 
tain again spoke: 

" It is most surely land and it ap})ears like the crest 
of a range of hills, perhaps mountains. Look, my boy," 
continued the thoroughly aroused captain, " it still lifts, 
and at the rate we are running, we will soon be able to 
make it out." 

A half hour now had passed in breathless expectation, 
when it had so far risen to view that any one with the 
least experience would have little trouble in determin- 
ing its character as none other than a large body of land 
stretching away on either hand further than the eye can 
reach. 

Now were seen the huge trunks of lofty trees, their 
branches heavily laden with great masses of tropical 
foliage, clothing hillside and mountain top with the 
richest verdure. 

A chain of lofty heights wooded from base to crown, 
before were blue and purple, now wearing warm rich 
coloring of tropical splendor, formed a scene greeting 
the eyes and senses of the astonished onlookers, drawing 
fresh exclamations of delight, save in the instance of 



THE VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. 313 

Caesar, who motiooless and unobservant, could only sigh, 
"Me no see my butiful home no mo ! " 

Still the shores continued rising more and more dis- 
tinctly to view, while around and on every side, extend- 
ed one continuoas unbroken chain of coral reefs and 
sunken rocks their crests scarcely showing above the 
surface of the tumultuous waves. 

The craft was in great danger of being wrecked by 
being brought into collision with the hidden reefs, and 
here was exhibited in an eminent degree the fore- 
thought in designing the outriggings, as thereby the 
little vessel was buoyed up, riding high on the surface 
of the billows, now rising to a considerable height. 
However, it was quite evident the situation was not 
devoid of peril, the utmost skill and good judgment of 
the experianced sailor being required to keep the craft 
on her course, as a trifling error in the management of 
the rudder must have caused it to be overturned, pre- 
cipitating the voyagers into the midst of the raging 
waters. 

"Herman," shouted the bewildered captain, "what in 
goodness' name is that flying from yonder hill ? " Then 
continuing in excited tones, "May I be blessed if it ain't 
a flag! Look, my boy, your eyes are younger than 
mine, tell me what it's like." 

Gazing long and earnestly on what was evidently a 
large banner floating from the top of a tall mast, Her- 
man exclaimed : 

"Am I awake or am I a dreaming? Let me rub my 
eyes." Then after another long and ardent look turned 
on his friend, as though he would challenge him to 
mortal combat, unbounded astonishment depicted on 
every line of his face, his emotions evidently beyond 
control, he, in hysterical tones ejaculated, " My God ! 
The American flag, the banner of our native land, the 
stars and stripes ! — But, Captain," he burst forth afresh, 
"whnt means it that there are only thirteen stars?" 

" More than I can tell, my boy. Probably we will soon 
learn, however, all about it. This beats all. God bless 



814 THE VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. 

my soul ! " But tlie words had scarcely escaped his 
lips, when a tremendous burst of artillery thundered 
forth from the summit of a steep hill in tlieir front, at 
the same instant, the flag ascending to the topmost point 
of the mast, its folds spreading wide to the breeze. 

The little craft now flying over the high rolling bil- 
lows, seemed about to be dashed on the rocky shore, 
when suddenly it slid into a cove of comparatively still 
water. 

Now a strange thing happened, if such it could be 
called after so jnany of a like character had been en- 
countered, each seemingly more strange than the one 
preceding. A man in the costume and with the bear- 
ing of a soldier, though it must be owned of a peculiar 
type, emerged from the foiest, stepping out in full view, 
on a narrow ledge or platform some hundred feet above 
the point whereon they were standing. His form was 
encased in swallow-tailed coat and buff waistcoat, both 
ornamented with large gilt buttons. His legs were 
encased in knee breeches, from the pocket dangled a 
huge seal, while his lower extremities were clad in 
woolen stockings reaching above to the knee and held in 
place by garters ; his feet covered by low cut shoes orna- 
mented at the instep by brass buckles. Eigidly enclos- 
ing his neck as in a vice was a leathern stock, compell- 
ing liis head to retain an upright position as if in con- 
stant prayer, his hair falling to the shoulder in yellow 
straggling locks, his countenance fresh and not unpleas- 
ing, his appearance betokening great astonishment. 
Over his right shoulder was thrown an old fashioned 
flint-lock Queen Anne musket, while resting in a leathern 
belt at his side depended a long sharp-pointed bayonet. 

Keeping an eye on this singular being, a sentinel 
doubtless stationed at this outpost, the strangers luid 
continued to advance, soon reaching by a narrow, wind- 
ing, little traveled roadway, a point on a level and but 
a few paces distant, from the guard, who bringing his 
cumbersome weapon to present arms, first fixing the bay- 
onet, shouted in stentorian tones. 



THE VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. 816 

" Who cometh there ? " 

"Sailors on a cruise," replied the captain. 

" Sailors on a cruise advance and give ye counter- 
sign," demanded the sentinel. 

" Well, here's a rum go," to Herman. Then in answer 
to the challenge, " My friend, having but a few moments 
since arrived from a neighboring friendly port, it is not 
to be supposed we are sufficiently acquainted with your 
customs, signs, grips and pass words, to be able to give 
them on the instant. You w^ill therefore please ground 
that deadly weapon, whatever be its nature, artillery or 
small arms, or a cross between the two, and let us 
pass." 

Without heeding the words of the captain, the guard 
said, "Remain where you are I I would hold speech with 
my brethren in arms concerning ye strange appearance 
in these realms." 

" Well, ray eye," ejaculated the captain, " if this don't 
beat the Dutch ! Where are we, anyhow, and have we 
by some hook or crook gone back a couple of hundred 
years ? I allowed to Caesar, we were on a voyage of dis- 
covery, but I'll be hanged if I expected to come across 
a people like this, perhaps a detached portion of New 
England of a couple of centuries ago." 

" Well," replied Herman, " may be that somewhere 
along in the seventeenth century, one of Jules Verne's 
catastrophies happened; a comet or some other tramp 
planet collided with that portion of the United States, 
whisking off a slice in this direction." 

" Yal ya! " interposed Caesar, who, from being safe on 
shore, had regained his equilibrium, recovering from the 
fright and melancholly forebodings of the previous day, 
and was now becoming much interested in the novel 
situation and fast losing sight, " ob de butiful home he 
should see no mo." " I'se tole yo so. Nebba to try to 
discobba nothin, and now hayer we am, de fust ting to 
discubba a solger wid a cannon on his shoulder. Fo de 
Lawd, Massa Captain, hope he don pint it at dis nigga." 

The sentinel now returned, accompanied by a half- 



816 THE VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. 

dozen counterparts of himself, the same style of dress, 
cocked hat, plume, long woolen stockings, shoes, gilt 
buckles and falling to their shoulders the same yellow 
locks of straggling bair, while each held in his hand the 
bayonet-tipped musket, or as Csesar said — and he was 
not far out of the way — cannon. 

Striding forward with regular step and military pre- 
cision, they advanced, taking position in line. The 
leader in addition to the heavy piece of ordnance, wore, 
depending from his side, a cutlass. When all were 
arranged in due form, he spoke : 

" By ye grace of God and King George the Third, or 
whomsoever may be successor to the throne, who have 
we here? Are ye from another world? Else, why do 
ye invade these our peaceable dominions? Come ye 
armed with ye sword of Gideon ; or why do ye go about 
with the carnal weapons ? " This in reference to the 
weapons of an improved pattern carried by both the 
captain and Herman, who, at the last, decided 'twould 
do no harm in any event to go armed, also a shining 
broad-headed axe in the hand of Cgesar. " Do ye come 
of thine own free will, or are ye messengers from ye 
powers of darkness, sent as a scourge ? " 

" Heaven and earth ! " whispered the captain in the ear 
of his companion, " what do the confounded hypocrites 
mean by this outlandish gibberish? " 

Again the leader spoke, saying:" 

" Ye can can come with us, yet before admitting ye to 
our midst, we must speak with ye governor, also ye 
elders, wherefore follow me and tliese, my brethren, to 
ye sacred precincts of ye tabernacle, when ye shall be 
judged by one who sitteth on high, yea, who holdeth 
in his hand ye power of life and death." 



IN THE PRESENCE OF THE GOVERNOR. 817 



CHAPTER XLVI. 

IN THE PRESENCE OF THE GOVERNOR. 

rilHB commander of the squad at once formed his 
I comrades in line, Caesar to the rear, still holding 
to the axe. Thus giving the word, the entire company 
started, advancing onward to more level ground, when a 
strange wierd, yet nevertheless enchanting scene broke 
on their vision. 

The ground rising for some distance in a gentle 
ascent, at length terminated in a level plateau extending 
further than the eye could reach. From the brow of the 
hill, a broad roadway led to the town some half mile 
distant, while on either side rose a majestic wood, the 
branches loaded with many masses of tropical foliage. 

Advancing still further, they came to tlie gateway of 
a massive fortress whose gray stone walls rose to a con- 
siderable height, surmounted by a tower from whose 
topmost pinnacle was upreared a mast thirty feet in 
length, bearing the flag observed by the travelers when 
yet far out to sea. 

The walls of this strongly constructed fortress were 
pierced for musketry, while from the parapets and high 
embrasures protruded the frowning muzzles of a number 
of pieces of artillery. But what struck the strangers as 
the most singular of all was the fact that while the 
colors bore the usual number of stripes, there were but 
thirteen stars. 

Pacing back and forth on the outer works, were ob- 
served several sentinels carrying arms, the same size and 
style as those borne by the guard having in charge 
the strangers, whom they were escorting to the taber- 
nacle and presence of the governor. 

Passing the outer gateway leading through the arched 



818 IN THE PRESENCE OF THE GOVERNOR. 

interior of the fortress, wliose walls towered liigli above, 
tliey emerged on an open plain whereon the town was 
located, a broad paved avenue leading to the business 
portion. 

Advancing along this highway, the town, as viewed 
through the openings of the large forest trees, presented 
a most beautiful appearance. Stretching away on either 
hand, were picturesque clusters of houses, one story 
high, uniform in size and design ; while on one side of a 
large open square, rose a structure two stories in height, 
surmounted by a dome glistening in the bright sun's 
rays not unlike burnished silver. 

From the top of the dome extending upward some 
twenty feet, rose a spar from which waved the folds of a 
flag in design the same as that floating from the tower 
of the fortress. 

At the instant the strangers emerged from the inner 
gateway to the plain, they were startled by the report 
of a heavy piece of artillery from overhead, the signal 
gun announcing some unexpected event, certainly un- 
expected guests. 

As the strangers moved along the avenue, musket in 
hand, Ctesar bringing up the rear, axe on his shoulder, a 
most ludicrous, probably ridiculous spectacle was pre- 
sented, for when setting out on the expedition, little 
regard was paid to their style of dress, scarcely expect- 
ing to meet a people inhabiting a. populous, presumably 
wealthy, city. So they were clad in their everyday suits, 
in point of fact they had no other, as the clothing worn 
when they landed from the Black Eagle, hoarded and 
preserved with all possible diligence, was long since 
worn out. So they had recourse to the skins of wild 
beasts, little regard being paid to style or fit, and their 
clothes being essentially "home made," their present ap- 
pearance was not well calculated to improve their ap- 
pearance or tell largely in their favor. 

As tliey neared the public square, multitudes of 
citizens, old and young, male and female, were observed 
pressing forward in answer to the summons thundered 



IN THE PKESENCE OF THE GOVERNOR. 319 

forth from the walls of the fortress, in eager anticipation 
of witnessing a sight such as no one of them had ever 
before beheld, " a people from another world." 

As the J neared the square, a small body of armed 
men filed from out the tabernacle, taking position within 
the grounds, clad in the same way as the guard. On 
tlie opposite side, a large platform raised some six feet 
from the ground, was occupied by a dignified body of 
middle-aged meo, ten in number, ranged on either side 
of a most remarkable looking man, seated in an arm 
chair of exceedingly large proportions. 

This central figure of the distinguished group was an 
aged personage of venerable aspect, heavy build, a white 
beard falling to his breast, his dress in cut and material 
like that of tiiose by whom he was surrounded, similar 
to that of Puritanic times — conical high peaked hat 
from which depended a black plume, while his shoulders 
were covered by a broad caped cloak, falling to the 
knees. His limbs from waist to knee were encased in 
short breeches, silk stockings reaching from liis knee to 
his low-cut shoes, ornamented with huge silver buckles, 
together completing a costume the relic of long past 
generations. While at the side of the ancient patriarch, 
as also each one of the councillors suspended from an 
enameled leather belt, hung a symmetrical fine tempered 
sword encased in a steel scabbard. 

On the western side of the square were gathered 
citizens of either sex and all ages, clad in the style of 
past times. In front of the body of soldiers, stood the 
commander of the military forces, in the midst of his 
staff, all of whatsoever degree or station observing the 
most dignified silence and composure. 

The countenances of the people so hastily assembled, 
as also the officials, denoted the most intense wonder, 
and curiosity, mingled with astonishment, not so much 
perhaps from the outward appearance of the strangers 
nor their unique costumes as from the fact that they 
were the first and only civilized human beings that they 
had ever beheld, other than their own people. 



320 IN THE PRESENCE OF THE GOVERNOR. 

It was to them as if these strangers had without 
warning, dropped into their midst from the skies, and 
the wonderment was none the less shared by these 
adventurers suddenly coming upon a thriving, wealthy 
happy community, numbering many hundred souls, in 
this remote and hitherto unheard of laud. Surely an evens 
far exceeding the wildest anticipations of the captain, 
who in reply to Caesar had said, " We may make some 
grand discovery," 

The governor signalling, the strangers were led to 
his presence and given seats in full view of the 
audience, when the band, filing from the rear of the 
tabernacle, took station to the right and rear of the 
©ouncil. 

The musicians, ten in number, were for the most part 
young men, though the leader seemed well along in 
years. 

The instruments were the flute and clarionette of 
different sizes and keys, also a large basso reed instru- 
ment of wonderful tone and compass, together with both 
bass and tenor drums and cymbals. 

At the close of a tune of slow, solemn movement, the 
whole assemblage united in "Praise God from whom all 
blessings flow," set to " Old Hundred," both the captain 
and Herman saying that they had never before heard 
that grand old tune rendered with finer or more solemn 
effect, as while the instruments were in perfect accord, 
the voices were none the less so ; the sopranos soft and 
sweet, the male voices powerful. 

The doxology concluded, each head was reverently 
bowed, a dignified silence prevailing (in striking contrast, 
Herman avowed, to many similar assemblages at home), 
when a venerable man, in the garb of an olden time 
clergyman, offered a short prayer, invoking a blessing 
on the people, a's also the "strangers," within their 
gates. 

Now came a signal for silence, when the governor in 
a commanding voice uttered, "Glory to God in the high- 
est," responded to by the whole assemblage shouting 



IN THE PRESENCE OF THE GOVERNOR. 321 

" Glory to God," echoed by a deafening roar from the guns 
of the fortress, and as this died away, the governor bade 
the strangers stand before him and thus spoke, saying: 

" In ye name of ye Lord God of hosts. Him whom we 
do worship, we command ye to tell us who ye are, and 
from whence ye come ! " 

" Honored sir, and members of the council," replied 
the captain, " you ask whence we come, and what we do 
here. To the first, I reply, by saying, these my com- 
rades and myself are, when at home, citizens of the 
United States of North America." 

" Hold sir, hold," interposed the governor, " ye speak 
an untruth at ye beginning, for we know no such place 
or country. "Tis true our ancient legends, yea, cur 
historical records, touch on a . far away land styled 
America, also of thirteen colonies contained therein 
under ye rule of King George. Further than this it 
behooves ye not to treat, furthermore, it is our convic- 
tion ye seek to undermine our preconceived theories. 
However, do ye proceed, meanwhile understanding that 
we are in no mood to be trifled with, nor have we time 
to listen to fictitious tales, ye must abide ye truth." 

*' Your most gracious majesty," quoth the captain, "it 
is the plain, unvarnished truth I am telling ye, so help 
me God. 

" Take not ye name of ye Lord God in vain, yet pro- 
ceed with thy tale." 

" Well, your honor, as I was about to remark, my 
own home is not alone in the United States of America, 
but also in a dependency there to, called Connecticut." 

"No such dependency as ye choose to style it is 
known, but go on." 

" This young man, my friend Baxter, was reared in 
the state of Virginia." 

" We know of no such state," again interposed the 
governor. 

Without heeding the interruption, the captain con- 
tinued : " This other friend, Caesar, was originally from 
the state of Alabama." 
20 



322 IN THE PRESENCE OF THE GOVERNOR. 

" Sir," replied the perplexed governor, evidently 
laboring under suspicion that the uncouthly appareled 
stranger was seeking to play on his credulitj'^, "our 
legends, yea our most ancient historical records, com- 
piled with unwonted care and unquestioned accuracy, 
coming in direct antagonism with thy absurd tales 
and statements, I say, sir, how do ye reconcile these 
contradictions ? Yet we will hear more of these ficti- 
tious stories, hereafter, yea verily, of these dependen- 
cies on which ye do bear so much stress." 

Again resuming, the captain said : 

" My name, in truth the one I've borne from my 
youth up to the present, is Jonathan Perkins, late com- 
mander of the Confederate war ship ye Black Eagle. 
This, my esteemed friend and comrade, bears the name, 
Herman Baxter, ship's clerk of the aforementioned 
vessel. The colored lad, now standing within the 
shadow of your august presence, whose rightful name is 
Caesar — no connection, however, of the renowned Caesar 
of ancient Rome, concerning whose history my learned 
friend Baxter can give you all the points in the calendar — 
was originally my servant, now my worthy comrade. 
For interfering with the hellish designs" — here each 
hand was raised in holy horror at the impious expres- 
sion — " of the commander of the Black Fagle, Sir 
Eldred Romayne, my shipmates and I were placed in 
irons. Argument, entreaty, expostulation, all were lost 
on us. We returned not to our duty, from which cause 
we were set on the shore of an uninhabited island, two 
hundred miles away from your possessions, rather I should 
have said, your dominions. We have resided on that 
island for the space of four years in the enjoyment of 
health, prosperity and happiness. Yet our life becoming 
somewhat monotonous, no neighbors nigh, we tliought 
to set out on a voyage of adventure, possibly dis- 
covery. In the meantime a grevious storm arising, we 
were deterred from putting back, on the contrary were 
driven to these shores, at the imminent risk of our lives, 
and here we are, sir, at your service," 



IN THE PRESENCE OF THE GOVERNOR. 323 

The governor, who had remained a passive though 
evidently interested listener to the captain's storj, now 
spoke : 

" Ye tell us a most remarkable tale. Does this, thy 
friend, as ye call him, corroborate thy most wonderful 
statement?" 

Herman, who, up to this time, had remained quietly 
standing at the captain's side, now took up the subject, 
addressing the governor and council, no sentence being 
lost on the expectant auditors, 

"I do, sir, most willingly lend my voice in mainte- 
nance of all my good friend has said to you, a man who 
has sailed the seas, experiencing in full the vicissitudes 
of both storm and shipwreck. He has a goodly daugh- 
ter Bessie " 

" Hold ! Hold ! Enough of this do we hear. For 
while ye weighty matters are being discussed, why do ye 
most thoughtlessly introduce the name of ye daughter 
of Eve into our councils ? Confine thy speech to ye 
matter in hand, and know ye that for each trifling 
word ye do utter in our presence, ye shall be adjudged. 
Yet night draweth nigh. Ye have spoken of strange 
countries, states, nations, ships of war and many other 
unhallowed devices, none of which are mentioned in ye 
word of God, nor of which our ancient worldly records 
treat. Ye may be, nevertheless, hospitably entertained, 
as were ye strangers when visiting our father Abraham, 
yet I much misdoubt ye be angels taking us unawares. 
As ye have come of thy own free will, so by the 
blessing of God and our command, ye will remain, for 
this shall be thy abiding place while life shall last. In 
death thy bodies shall decay, thy bones crumble, and all 
mingle with the earth of these our dominions." 

Then signalling the officer in command of the file of 
soldiers who had previously escorted the strangers 
to the tabernacle, he ordered them shown to the 
house of Gamaliel the scribe, enjoining it upon that 
worthy that they should be provided with food and 
a place of rest for the night, also to call upon Jehiel, the 



824 IN THE TRESENCE OF THE GOVERNOR. 

maker of garments, that he might furnish them with 
clothing more suitable in style and appearance than the 
strange outlandish apparel thej now wore. 

" Strangers," continued the governor, "follow our well 
beloved Ahiel. I would on the morrow have farther 
speech with ye." 

The great congregation of citizens who had up to this 
time remained mute spectators of the doings of the 
governor in his interview with the strangers, a scene 
the like of which had never before been witnessed 
by the people, were now dismissed, after receiving 
a blessing from the antiquated minister, who in a 
few brief sentences, admonished them to repair to 
their homes, with this advice: "Allow nothing to 
weigh upon your minds regarding these strangers, 
(doubtless from another world), so suddenly and with- 
out warning cast in our midst." 

Thus reassured the people, en masse, returned to 
tlieir several places of abodes, holding animated, though 
solemn converse on the way, their minds naturally di- 
vided as to the peculiar attributes of Ctesar, who in 
this sliort space of time had become a personage of un- 
due notoriety and anxious concern; from which fact 
few of the people retired for the night ere the doors 
were securely fastened, though it was generally admitted 
that the keyhole was the usual mode of ingress resorted 
to by the devil and his adherents. • 

"Yea verily," urged a motherly dame, "ye devil doth 
ofttimes ride ye broomstick, flying through ye air, like 
nnto ye bird of prey. Anyhow, so do our worthy ances- 
tors give us to know. Yea, verily, why should we mis- 
doubt, in fact we have heard that he hath appeared in 
divers places and at sundry times in ye garb of ye 
saint, sowing ye seeds of ye damnable doctrines, heresy 
and ye like. Yea, beware of ye devil, was often re- 
peated with much zeal and unwonted emphasis by ye 
goodly ones of old, for is it not said. ' He goeth about 
like ye roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour ' ? " 



THE ABODE OF GAMALIEL. 325 



CHAPTER XLVII. 

THE ABODE OF GAMALIEL. 

BIDDING adieu to the governor and members of tlie 
council, the strangers were commanded to follow 
Ahiel, who escorted them to the abode of Gamaliel, the 
scribe, Caesar as usual bringing up the rear. 

The residence of the scribe lay at some distance from 
the business portion of the town, and like most of the 
neighboring houses, was set in the midst of ample 
grounds, where flourished the various species of tree, 
shrub and plant known to tropical regions, while now 
and then were to be seen the tufted, uplifted head of the 
cocoanut palm. 

Gamaliel was at this time a man of not more than 
fifty years of age ; a most notable figure, beloved by the 
whole community, especially the weaker portion, for he 
was a widower, his family consisting of a son of eighteen, 
a daughter of sixteen and a lad of ten, who had accom- 
panied their father to the public square, there witness- 
ing the arrival and reception of the strangers from 
another world, and having returned home, now greeted 
their guests in a kindly manner. 

The son, Joshua, a young man of good parts, recogniz- 
ing in Herman one nearly of his own age, was naturally 
well pleased at the acquisition of so learned and genial a 
companion, destined on further acquaintance to become 
a staunch friend ; while his sister Sarah beheld in the 
handsome gentlemanly-appearing stranger, one upon 
whom she was fain to bestow much favor. Thus the lot 
of the castaways seemed in a fair way to be cast in 
goodly places. 

The call to supper now came, and when all were 
seated at the hospitable board, a blessing was invoked by 



326 THE ABODE OF GAMALIEL. 

the host on the food, together with a proper recognition 
of "ye strangers within ye gates." 

It must be remembered that this was the only period 
in the lives of the scribe's family, or in the history of 
this people, that a civilized being, terrestrial or celestial, 
had visited their shores ; for they possessed no means 
whereby to hold communication with any other portion 
of the earth's surface, the limits of their domain being the 
only world known to them. Imagine then the surprise, 
when the fortress signal gun announced the startling intel- 
ligence that some unusual event was at hand! Yet how 
much more so, when realizing the full significance of its 
character, the advent of human beings from some other 
world I 

From the effect of the long day's fast, they having 
partaken of no food since leaving their craft in the early 
morning, combined with the fatigue consequent upon the 
reception and unnatural excitement at the public square, 
the severe labor and exposure to hardship of wind and 
storm encountered on the hazardous journey, they were 
not only quite worn out, but hungry as well, nothing out 
of the usual run in their case, as Caesar was only too ready 
to make solemn sworn affidavit. 

In the meantime the black being consigned to the cook- 
ing department, in charge of a good-looking " handmaid," 
having in good measure recovered from his fright, was 
now quite happy in the enjoyment of a good supper. 

The kind hearted Gamaliel, thoughtful of his guests, 
comfort and noticing their weariness remarked. '* We will 
not resume speech until such time as ye may have 
received ye proper rest, but on ye morrow we will 
question ye further." 

The strangers were now shown to their rooms, soon 
after retiring. They slept well, awaking only upon 
summons to "morning prayers," breakfast having in 
the meantime been prepared by the excellent house- 
keeper Sarah, assisted by the maid Rebecca, to whom 
Cassar had taken a lasting fancy. 

The morning service at length ended — unduly pro- 



THE ABODE OF GAMALIEL. 327 

longed, as the strangers were ready to affirm — and break- 
fast eaten, the scribe returned tlianks to the "Giver of all 
good and perfect gifts," not the least of which was a 
good meal, as the captain remarked aside to his com- 
panion. Soon thereafter at the solicitation of the pious 
Gamaliel, Captain Perkins gave a complete narrative of 
his past life and most notable adventures, culminating 
in the construction, equipment and voyage of the Black 
Eagle, and in their being set ashore by the commander. 
Sir Eldred Romayne, on what was now Perkin's island, 
where he had been living during the past four years, 
then setting out on a voyage of adventure, culminating 
in the present situation. 

Meantime Joshua was being similarly entertained by 
his newly found friend Herman. Thus it will be readily 
seen that the castaways were at once placed on a good and 
friendly footing, Caesar alone excepted, yet whose fair 
fame the captain sought to establish in the mind of 
Gamaliel by exhibiting in a proper light the character and 
attributes of a race of such signal importance to a por- 
tion of the globe many thousand miles distant. 

"Why," urged the enthusiastic captain, "this young 
colored fellow is one of four millions of like race and 
habits in a state of bondage among a people known to 
your remote ancestors as the thirteen colonies, now the 
United States of North America, having three millions 
at the breaking out of the Revolution in 1776, at 
which period the colonies declared themselves free of, 
and independent of British rule and authority." 

As a matter of fact, this statement of the captain's was 
all " Greek " to Gamaliel, who had neither heard of the 
United States of America or the Revolution, for all that 
was then known concerning the original thirteen 
colonies was the meagre statement handed down in 
what might be termed legendarj'- form, therefore it will 
be at once understood that both he and his son Joshua 
were unwontedly interested and no less surprised when 
listening to these marvelous tales of lands they had 
never dreamed of having an existence. So Gamaliel 



328 THE ABODE OF GAMALIEL. 

began questioning his guests as to v.'liat first led them to 
the setting out on a voyage when so many dangers 
threatened, especially on so insignificant a craft. 

The captain, who had been for some time industriously 
fumbling in the pockets of his uncouth shaggy coat, 
now drew forth the carved block of wood, exclaiming, 
" This sir was the inducement." 

At this announcement, Joshua, who seemed uncon- 
sciously gazing at the object, broke forth, " Why, that is 
a piece of wood I carved more than three months ago." 

After they had recovered from their surprise at this 
strange discovery, Joshua made the following suggestion 
to Herman, "Now, suppose we take a look about town, 
after which I will give you a full account of the original 
settlement and subsequent history of our people. 
Gamaliel, my father, as you will understand, holds the 
office of public scribe; I, under him, that of keeper of 
the seal, that is to say, while he keeps the records, I have 
charge of the documents. The office of scribe is hered- 
itary, descending from father to son through successive 
generations, our people all possessing the same character- 
istics as to method of living, style of dress, general 
costume and habits, as did our ancestors to the farthest 
removed generations. Nothing ever changes, even the 
manner of speech." 

** Yes," observed Herman, " I have noticed this pecu- 
liarity, which with us would be styled quaint; our 
historians of olden times, as a rule, having observed a 
like form." 

Thus engaged in pleasing converse, Joshua, accompan- 
ied by Herman, was slowly passing down the street, when 
they were met and accosted b}'^ a w^ell known citizen, 
introduced as the "worthy maker of garments," bearing 
on his arm a bundle which he presented to the young 
stranger, "in ye name and with ye compliments of ye 
governor." 

Now this bundle contained suits for each of the 
strangers, which they were authorized to both accept and 
wear in lieu of those characterized by the governor as 



THE ABODE OF GAMALIEL. 329 

"outlandish aud scarcely suitable to the good appearance 
of a heathen savage." 

In the matter of clothing, our friends were fain to 
acknowledge that they were in what might be called " a 
bad way," consequently they were nothing loth to be 
able to don those more suitable to their present condi- 
tion and surroundings. "Servitude, perhaps," solilo- 
quised Herman. However, he good naturedly thanked 
the " worthy maker of garments, " desiring him to extend 
the same to the generous minded governor, both for 
himself and companions. 

Receiving the bundle of clothing from the hands of 
" the maker of garments," afterward remarking to the 
captain why the man shouldn't be called by his proper 
title, tailor, and have done with the gibberish, Herman 
turned back, repairing to his room, followed by the cap- 
tain. A few moments later the change of apparel was 
effected, setting both uproariously laughing, for while 
the garments were of exquisite quality, in quantity they 
were not lacking, to say nothing of the style, which, it is 
needless to remark, was the same as that worn by all the 
citizens of whatsoever title or degree, caste being of little 
account where all were considered equal. 

The general characteristics of this quaint people, as 
previously mentioned, being essentially the same as that 
of two centuries before, scarcely any change was appar- 
ent from the period of the Queen Anne covenanters. In 
fact, change in any respect would have been little toler- 
ated. More noticeable perhaps in dress, which though 
picturesque, was to the strangers, to say the least, un- 
commonly singular. Nevertheless it was as they could 
but admit, fairly comfortable, and in the case of Her- 
man, a happy innovation from any previous style, as 
his naturally fine form now showed to the best advant- 
age, a fact that might possibly tend later to serious 
complications, for was there not a really handsome and 
no less talented young lady in the family ? Per co7ilra, a 
young man of pleasing address, an attractive figure, com- 
binations often tending to the working of sad havoc in 



830 THE ABODE OF GAMALIEL. 

female affections, and the winsome Sarah would 
undoubtedly be found no exception to the common rule. 

At length taking leave of Gamaliel and the captain, 
the two friends again set out, proceeding down the street 
to the broad avenue lined with buildings devoted to bus- 
iness, each step as they advanced serving to increase the 
admiration of Herman. His astonishment could scarcely 
be brought under control, when beholding long rows of 
symmetrically arranged dwellings, each the counter- 
part of its neighbor, an air of thrift and comfort pervad- 
ing all. The streets were broad, level and cleanly, the 
latter arising mainly from the fact that neither horse, ox, 
cow, or other domestic animal was allowed to roam at 
will, and for the very best of reasons, they had none of 
these. Sheep were the only animals in their possession. 
These, however, were to be seen in large flocks, gathered 
about the outlying fields adjacent to the suburbs of the 
town. 

Thus making their way down the main business 
street, noting the various objects of interest, the atten- 
tion of Herman was at length attracted by a low rum- 
bling sound, when soon thereafter, came rattling along a 
railway car, running on wooden rails, propelled by the 
wind acting on skillfully planned sails, while further on 
stood a large one story structure, erected for general stor- 
age purposes, also a building for manufactories of vari- 
ous kinds, the power being furnished by immense wind 
mills of novel and ingenious construction. In fact, the 
whole motive power of this people was that of wind, 
which taken in connection with machiner}^ well adapted 
for the purpose required, proved unusually effective. 

Another large building similar to those heretofore men- 
tioned, Joshua said was for general trade, and in it 
were gathered all the supplies needed by the citizens. 

In explanation of these wonders, Joshua continued, 
"Though in a world of our own, knowing of no other, 
save what little may be gathered from traditionary' 
lore, we possess as you will learn upon close examin- 
ation, all the necessaries as well as the comforts of life, 



THE ABODE OF GAMALIEL. 331 

to say nothing of its luxuries. Why then should we 
ask or desire more ? In regard to our business methods, 
whatsoever we require is grown in our own soil, all 
things being in common, each performing his allotted 
share of labor, the accruing benefits equally divided. Our 
domain is by actual measurement two hundred miles long 
by twenty miles in breadth. Thus you will preceive we 
have four thousand square miles of territory, sufficient to 
sustain a large population, while in the main the soil is 
rich and productive. On the northern side of the island, 
running nearly its entire length, is a chain of hills, ris- 
ing at two separate points to a considerable height, esti- 
mated at not less than five hundred feet. From these 
hills is quarried rock, used in the construction of the fort- 
ress, as also several of the larger buildings, notably those 
requiring strength and solidity. An excellent clay also 
abounds, from which is manufactured brick and various 
kinds of pottery utilized in our households, while forests 
of great extent and of the most valuable timber flourish 
on the hill side. Again, minerals in almost every con- 
ceivable variety and quantity are found on the higher 
elevations, some ten miles distant. To the west is a small 
lake from which we derive a supply of water, conveyed 
throughout the town in underground pipes. Other than 
from this source, we have no fresh water. 

*' Wh}' do you not dig wells? " interposed Herman. 

" We can dig them," was the answer, " but get no 
water, as the rock lies too near the surface." 

Artesian wells, were suggested by Herman, Joshua 
replying ; "Possibly that might be done, yet it has never 
been attempted and probably will not be, as our present 
supply is quite adequate to our needs. Still, as our 
population becomes more dense, the subject might well 
be taken into consideration, A considerable portion of 
the cultivated area is irrigated by the waters of the lake. 
Again, the main body of the island is overgrown by the 
tropical fruits, which from being transplanted and culti- 
vated, have greatly improevd in both quantity and 
quality. You notice the tall structure to the right ; 



332 THE ABODE OF GAMALIEL. 

that is the mill for grinding grain, which are corn, peas, 
beans and oats, each of which is made into flour." 

"Flour from beans? " ejaculated Herman in surprise. 

" Yes, they are first dried, as also are our peas, in 
kilns of unburnt brick, and when prepared in this man- 
ner, are ground in combination with corn and oats, from 
which our bread is made." 

" Yes, and of good quality, if that was a sample we 
ate for breakfast," interposed the still more astonished 
stranger, 

" The bread you mention was prepared from the four 
kinds of flour, and when properly baked, continues fresh 
and sweet for several days." 

" A hint to our professional bakers at home," sug- 
gested Herman. 

" Again, our lands are divided into tracts, or farms 
of one hundred acres each. So when one of our young 
men reaches the age of twenty-one, a tract is set off to 
him, his children succeeding to the inheritance." 

" Do you have no title deeds? " inquired Herman. 

" I scarcely understand the meaning of a title deed," 
continued Joshua. " The young man has simply a 
writing from the then reigning governor, stipulating that 
in the event of having no heirs, or should be be negli- 
gent in tilling the laud, it reverts to the people, 
they being the real owners, the governor exercising no 
power otlier than that delegated. by his subjects. What 
they require is that each member of the community 
shall do his whole duty ; nothing less will answer, and 
as our children are taught to recognize this fact, little 
trouble has as yet been experienced in this respect, or 
for that matter, in any other. 

" Our population numbers in the aggregate one thou- 
sand souls ; our families are arranged in groups of fift\^, 
under charge of ten councillors, one to each group, who 
meet regularly each month in deliberation presided over 
by the governor, who, in case there should happen to 
be a tie in the council, on any question affecting the 
general welfare of the people, gives the casting vote to 



THE ABODE OF GAMALIEL. 888 

whichever side he may incline. The principal functions 
of the council is to settle disputes should any arise, 
which I am happy to say is seldom the case. 

"As to laws, we have none, other than those handed 
down from our forefathers, all of which are found in the 
Bible, called the ' Ten Commandments,' which are uni- 
versally obeyed. 

" You ask if we have no- outlying settlements, I 
answer by saying, our people all have their homes within 
the corporate limits of the town, each family the sole 
owner of its habitation, including the grounds, to which 
they are expected to give the attention requisite to its 
good appearance. Oar farms stretch away several miles 
into the interior, to which access is given by the railway 
running to the extreme limits of the cultivated lands, 
which are extended as circumstances may require. The 
products of the several farms are transported to the 
general storehouse, drawn therefrom as the daily 
necessities of each family demands, the quantity regu- 
lated by their number. 

" From the main line of the railway, branches diverge, 
leading to the vicinity of the farms, thus you will readily 
see it is an easy matter to gather the products of the 
soil into our capacious storehouse. 

" The hours of daily labor are limited to six, to which 
every able-bodied man, and we have few others, is ex- 
pected to contribute his share, whether in the field or 
workshop ; while the female portion of the community 
are exempt from any sort of manual labor, it being con- 
sidered quite sufficient if they attend faithfully to indoor 
affairs. 

" Whenever any of our young men decide to take a 
wife, usually soon after reaching the age of twenty-one, 
a house is erected, furnished and made a free gift, as also 
the ground adjoining, material and labor being furnished 
by general contribution. In short, each member of the 
community performs an equal amount of labor, sharing 
in its benefits." 

In reply to a very natural question. Joshua replied, 



334 THE ABODE OF GAMALIEL. 

" We have no money, nor debts, in jour acceptation of 
the terms, though I scarcely understand the meaning of 
either." 

" No debts, no credit? " suggested Herman. 

" No, they are to us unknown terms. You will observe 
in the rear of each dwelling a vegetable garden, as one 
devoted to the cultivation of plants and fruits. We 
have also large flocks of sheep, their wool utilized in 
the manufacture of clothing, also hemp from which is 
produced goods more suited to be worn during the 
warmer portions of the season. 

"Our shoes are made horn tanned hides of sheep, 
also from the skins of wild beasts which roam in large 
numbers in the mountainous districts, while the sea 
furnishes us fish in unlimited supply. Our diet consists 
mainly of vegetable products, together with grain and 
fruits, but you will learn more of this hereafter," 

Again questioned Herman, "You tell me the gover- 
norship is hereditary, how comes it then he is subject to 
the will of the people, for with us the form would be a 
monarchical government ? " 

"Well, you see," answered Joshua, "it's like this. 
Suppose for instance, the reigning governor should per- 
form some act in opposition to the will of his subjects — 
do not understand by this a condition of servitude, for 
here, all are free and equal, not in name only but in fact, 
— or which was considered against their best interests, 
or manifest a disposition to resist interference with his 
power when exercised in an unworthy or undue manner 
or cause, he can be deposed by a popular vote. 

"This is an unwritten law, though one well under- 
stood, and while such a state of affairs has never hereto- 
fore existed, of course there is a possibility it may occur 
at some future time, especially when taking into con- 
sideration our rapid increase in numbers. The council 
is elected by the people, each holding office four years, 
not eligable however to re-election." 

" But do you have no jail, prison, poorhouse or hospi- 
tal ? " questioned Herman. 



THE ABODE OF GAMALIEL. 835 

"I liave never beard those terms mentioned," replied 
Joshua. 

"No police, no saloons? The latter to make people 
drunk, lazy and vicious, the first mentioned to arrest and 
bring before the council for punishment, those who are 
drunk." 

" No, sir ; these are all new terras to me. 

" But what," quoth Herman, " in the nam.e of goodness, 
do you do with j^our criminals? Are your laws, the laws 
as you say of the Bible, never broken ? " 

" In the first place," answered Joshua, " we have, as I 
before mentioned, few laws to break ; yet should anyone 
be guilty of a misdemeanor or perform an unjust or un- 
worthy act, he is summoned before the governor and 
council, who reason with him ; and if this is not sufficient 
to bring the refractory one to terms, he is publicly repri- 
manded, which is all the punishment it has ever been 
necessary to inflict." 

"A model community, an Eldorado, in fact," resumed 
Herman. " But have you no spirituous liquors, whiskey, 
rum, gin and the like — sources I may say of nine tenths 
of all the crime, misery and degradation of the world? " 

" No, I've never heard of these." 

"From which I infer you are not troubled with 
thieves, housebreakers, wife beaters, homicides and the 
like." 

"Well sir," replied the astonished Joshua, "this is all 
news to me, for if you mean by the term, homicide, slay- 
ing a person ; by wife-beating, whipping one's wife ; by 
housebreaking, entering a house without leave ; by theft, 
taking that which does not belong to you, then I can 
only say, we are entirely free from all these, as every 
one's habitation and property are considered sacred ; 
hence bolts and bars are unknown. In short, we lead an 
orderly, circumspect, peaceable Christian life, no thought 
entering the mind of any as to infringing on the rights 
of their neighbors, the word of God as revealed and rec- 
ognized in the Bible, our only safeguard and guide. 

'' "We have a house set apart, free to all, for Bible teach- 



336 THE ABODE OF GAMALIEL, 

ing, in wliich as I before remarked, are comprised all 
laws, social and religious. Ilere our people assemble each 
sabbath day to receive instruction from our minister. In 
this house are also taught lessons of a temporal nature, 
consisting of those worldly affairs necessary to our every 
day welfare, yet the Bible is the only printed book we 
possess, believing a comprehensive knowledge of this 
inspired work all ihat is demanded, possibly desired." 

While viewing the town, together with the many 
points of interest, Joshua and his friend at length came 
to the entrance of the tabernacle, within whose capacious 
walls was located the office and abode of the governor. 

At the suggestion of Joshua, tbey entered, passing 
the outer gate, from tlieuce proceeding to the official 
apartment, where they found the governor seated at his 
desk. Upon their entrance he arose, apparently in no 
wise displeased at receiving a visit " from ye strangers 
with whom he hoped to hold ye pleasant converse," for 
the venerable patriarch had as yet scarcely recovered 
from the shock of the previous day, "ye arrival of 3'e 
strangers within ye gates." 

Herman, meanwhile, thought the interview would 
afford a suitable opportunity to disabuse the mind of the 
superstitious old man in regard to the character of the 
inoffensive, well disposed Caesar, to whom the governor 
seemed quite ready, as did the people, to ascribe both 
supernatural and infernal power. ' 

The unwonted excitement under which the entire 
community labored, in respect to the arrival of the 
strangers, had not in the least abated; on the contrary, it 
was evidently on the increase. So after studying the 
matter over, flerman concluded it the wiser course to let 
the matter rest until some future time, when satisfactory 
explanations could be safely made regarding the alleged 
Satanic attributes of Caesar. So after a few moments' 
further conversation, leave was taken, Joshua remarking 
it. was now nearly midday and if there was one thing 
more than another disliked by his sister Sarah, it was 
having to wait for dinner. 



THE ABODE OF GAMALIEL. 337 

While on the way to the home of the scribe, Herman 
propounded a question, which he averred had not a little 
puzzled his brain, arising from the fact that so consider- 
able a body of men under arms was deemed essential to 
the protection of a people who from the nature of their 
surroundings could scarcely be said to have enemies. 

In reply to the question, Joshua said : 

"This is a part of the policy of the government, 
handed down by our forefathers, partially as a means of 
gratifying a natural warlike instinct of the human race, 
yet as our more ancient history tells us, there was a 
period, when it became an urgent necessity. The emerg- 
ency arising at that time will be fully explained when 
I state the history of the colony from its original settle- 
ment." 

Having at length arrived at the house, Gamaliel and 
the captain were found still engaged in animated con- 
versation, evidently on excellent terms. The time be it 
said was not far distant when the castaways would be 
deemed a most valuable acquisition to this hitherto un- 
known people. 

Soon after reaching the scribe's dwelling, dinner was 
announced and when all were seated at the table, Joshua 
related the adventures of the morning, dwelling on the 
surprise of his companion when beholding so many 
strange scenes, not forgetting the call at the governor's 
residence. 

" Yes," added Herman, " I have this day looked upon 
scenes, have beheld useful works combined with a de- 
gree of skill I would have deemed an imposibility, had 
they been simply told me. Yes, Captain Perkins, I can 
assure you, many of these would well be worthy a place 
in any community. Yet one other thought suggests it- 
self Joshua, how do your public officials, rather I should 
say, in what manner are they paid for their services, 
the governor, council, your professional men, doctors, 
preachers, schoolmaster and so on ? " 

"Ye Bible, my young friend," quoth Gamaliel, " ye 
Bible sayeth, *Ye laborer is worthy of his hire,' yet I 
21 



S38 RETROSPECT. 

deem ye question one of special significance. Wherefore 
my son," — turning to Joshua — " explain, that ye stran- 
gers may labor under no misapprehension." 

"Our commodities," answered Joshua, upon this ap- 
peal, " are mainly derived from tillage of the soil, each 
performing his allotted sliare of labor. Thus doth each 
reap the benefit therefrom, and officials acting in their 
several capacities, are presumed to perform theirs, draw- 
ing subsistence from the general storehouse in like 
manner as do those who work in the fields or manu- 
facturing establishments. 



CHAPTER XLYIII. 

RETROSPECT. 

ON a certain evening of June, 1672, a ship set sail 
from a New England seaport, her destination the 
Southern Hemisphere. 

"This vessel of four hundred tons burden, newly built, 
was commanded by Joshua Hopkins, the first mate was 
Ezekiel Somers. Besides these there were a boatswain, 
steward, cook, and a complement of twelve sailors be- 
fore the mast. 

" Her passengers, in all forty-two souls, included a 
clergyman and his wife, and a surgeon ; the destination, 
some hitherto unknown island of the Soutliern seas ; the 
purpose of the voyage, that of colonization. Why were 
these well-to-do people thus leaving country, home, and 
friends ? 

" It happened in this wise. Some six months antedat- 
ing the event as above stated, a well-known and pros- 
perous citizen of the seaport town, by name Obadiah 
Jennings, casually meeting an old friend and neighbor, 
Nehemiah Clark, the following colloquy ensued: 

" 'Friend Nehemiah, how would ye like to join me on 
ftn expedition to ye water's of ye newly discovered seas 



RETROSPECT. SS9 

lying in ye region south of ye equator, concerning 
which we have heard so much of late, and so exceed- 
ingly favorable? Perad venture ye may have learned 
of ye same spread abroad by ye worthy Captain Na- 
thaniel Jones, lately returned from ye long and prosper- 
ous voyage to those seas, have ye not, Nehemiah ? Also 
ye wonderful accounts he made mention concerning ye 
beauty, fertility of ye soil and desirableness of ye cli- 
mate thereof, among ye various islands thereabout? Why, 
friend Nehemiah, it nearly sets me wild when listening 
to ye tales of friend Nathaniel. Come, Nehemiah, how 
would ye like to join with me in organizing ye colony? ' 
Still continuing, 'I misdoubt, ye like myself have felt 
ye severity of ye long winters pertaining to this latitude, 
and Nathaniel's return, coupled with ye glowing de- 
scription of ye equable temperature of ye climate, hath 
truly let loose ye spirit of adventure within me. Ye 
tropical fruits and so forth, would, I feel, be greatly to 
my liking as would doubtless be ye case with many 
others. Now what say ye, Nehemiah ? ' 

" ' Well, neighbor Obadiah, thy speech, wise counsel, 
and courage, doth please me exceedingly well and upon 
return to my abode, I will hold speech with Mistress 
Clark, and should ye venture seem pleasing to her sight, 
I will take ye subject into further consideration and 
bring ye report.' 

"This casual meeting of the two neighbors proved 
the starting point of an expedition fraught with con- 
sequences heretofore unforeseen, experiences of a most 
thrilling nature, leading to results hitherto never for a 
moment contemplated, and an importance far outreach- 
ing the most sanguine anticipations — the founding of a 
nation, a people who for the long period of two cen- 
turies, should have no communication or exchange of 
thought with any other. 

" Eepairing to his home, Nehemiah preceeds at once to 
lay the weighty subject before Mistress Clark, who natu- 
rally of a romantic turn and an adventurous disposition, 
fell into the scheme with little hesitation. So the two 



840 RETROSPECT. 

friends again held consultation, upon receiving the favor- 
able report from Mistress Nehemiah, and as all three 
were now well agreed in the matter, it was determined 
to push the enterprise with vigor. 

*' Both Obadiah and bis friend Nehemiah were well-to- 
do men for those times, scarcely fifty years having elapsed 
since the noted Plymouth colony had set foot on those 
shores. Meantime that portion of Massachusetts lying 
near the coast had become quite thickly settled by an 
energetic, thrifty people, who had previously emigrated 
from different portions of the Old World, notably Great 
Britain, France and Holland. While many were per- 
sons of wealth, culture and distinction, they had, as 
Obadiah remarked to his neighbor, 'often felt ye se- 
verity of ye New England winters, cold and backward 
springs,' thus entailing a considerable amount of suffer- 
ing and hardship; to say nothing of the continuous 
struggle for supremacy with the barbarous tribes of na- 
tives, who as a rule did not take kindly to the new ways 
and encroachments upon what were considered their nat- 
ural rights. Thus these drawbacks to settlement and 
permament occupancy had set in many a tendency to 
bettering their condition, and now the return of Captain 
Nathaniel Jones coupled with the glowing description of 
the lately discovered islands abounding in the southern 
seas, had as said Obadiah, * let loose ye spirit of advent- 
ure ' within the breast of many a one of the discontented 
colonists. 

" The subject being freely broached among the neigh- 
bors the promoters of the scheme found less opposition 
than had been expected. So they now set about the 
work in earnest, and after a serious consultation, a final 
decision was reached, a canvass arranged and plans 
undertaken — mainly among the most intimate friends — 
whereby to secure the requisite number of persons, also 
the amount of funds necessary to carry forward the en- 
terprise. So an agreement was entered into that each 
head of a family joining the expedition should contrib- 
ute and pay into the common fund the sum of two 



EEV. JARED SPARKS'S NARRATIVE. 341 

thousand pounds sterling to be expended in building a 
vessel of sufficient tonnage to accommodate ten colonists 
together with their families and the crew." 

Captain Perkins and Herman seated at the breakfast 
table, the meal at length finished, Joshua, turning to 
Herman, invited him to his private room. " When," said 
he, " I will recite the further history of the colony as 
recorded by the Rev. Jared Sparks from the hour of set- 
ting sail, two centuries since, to the present time, taken 
up in succession by the scribes of subsequent generations. 



CHAPTEE XLIX. 

REV. JARED SPARKS'S NARRATIVE. 

riiHE staunch, thoroughly equipped Starlight sailed 
1 from the harbor of construction at the hour 
of sunset, on the fifth day of June, in the year of our 
Lord, 1672 ; on board forty and eight souls, to wit: 
Captain Josiah Hopkins, mate Ezekiel Somers, boat- 
swain, steward, cook, twelve able-bodied seamen, together 
with the pastor, Rev. Jared Sparks and his wife Julia, 
surgeon, Dr. Ephraim Skemple, ten colonists and their 
families, the whole under charge of Obadiah Jennings, 
who, as promoter of the enterprise, was unanimously 
chosen leader. 

" A great multitude of people, comprising citizens of 
the town and adjacent country, were assembled to wit- 
ness the departure of the ship. Many of the spectators 
gathered on the wharf, friends and neighbors bore sad 
countenances, others scarcely refraining from tears. 

" All things in readiness, yards manned, sail set, at re- 
port of the signal gun announcing the order to cast off, 
the great ship moved slowly away, amid hearty cheer- 
ing, waving of handkerchiefs and cries of 'God speed.' 

" Taking stand on deck, Mistress Julia at my side, I 



342 R£V. JAKED SPARKS'S NARRATIVE, 

ofiered devout prayers, invoking divine aid and tlie 
blessing of God on the ship's company, and desiring a 
safe and prosperous voyage, trusting alone in his mercy 
for a happy termination, at the same time acknowledg- 
ing the unwonted responsibilty resting upon me in at- 
tending to the ministerial charge of the colony. 

" The Starlight while of uncommonly large size and 
capacity, was I'ully loaded, allowing scarcely room ade- 
quate to the scant accommodation of crew and i);issengers, 
a circumstance I was fain to regret, as comfort for tbe 
long voyage shoule have been considered of the first 
importance, particularly as regarded the women and 
children. 

" In due space of time the islands of the West Indies 
were reached, favoring winds wafting us speedily on our 
way. On these islands we sojourned for the space of 
three days ; mautime fresh water end tropical fruits 
were taken on board, whereby we were greatly refreshed, 
notably the women and children who were experiencing 
no little hardship consequent upon the close quarters to 
which they were necessarily confined. 

" At the close of the third day spent on shore, sail was 
again made, speeding on our way little understanding or, 
if so, scarcely taking heed of the fact that in equatorial 
latitudes, the atmosphere becomes more and more 
heated as one advances ; so opf)ressing indeed that it is 
extremely difficult to get one's breath, and as those lati- 
tudes are more closely approached, the air each day be- 
comes more stifling from which it will readily be infer- 
red that the colonists were undergoing intense suffering. 

" The space of four months had intervened since setting 
sail, little sickness in the meantime experienced other 
than seasickness, possibly more or less 'home sickness,' 
this latter nothing uncommon however, as few escape 
the malady when leaving an old home for a new. 

" The twelfth day of October had now arrived, and all 
were anxiously looking forward to a speedy termination 
of the voyage. Meantime close watoh was maintained 
from the mast head, in anticipation of sighting some 



REV. JARED SPARKS'S NARRATIVE. 343 

desirable island until at length the wind entirely failed, 
from which cause we were, in sailor parlance ' becalmed,' 
greatly to the discomfiture, one might well say annoy- 
ance, of all on board, 

" I was lying in my berth, vigorously waving a palm 
leaf fan in an effort to allay the furious heat, my wife 
sitting by my side, similarly engaged, when presently 
an urgent rap at the door came, followed by the bulky- 
form of Captain Hopkins who, pushing forward ex- 
claimed : 'It's hot as h — Tophet, saving a lady's pres- 
ence,' — then threw down his tarpaulin, wiping his heated 
brow with a generous bandana. 

"Taking note of the perturbed condition of the cap- 
tain's mind, usually calm and collected, and fearing 
something uncommon was about to happen, I questioned 
in a seemingly unconcerned manner as I was loath to un- 
duly agitate the mind of Julia : 'Captain, is not the 
terrible heat we are at this moment experiencing increas- 
ing, also the wind dropping ? ' 

"'Why bless you Jared,' he answered, ' here's no 
wind to drop. As to the heat, there's only one place of 
which we have any knowledge and that from hearsay 
only, that's hotter, and by the powers, if the place to 
which it's said the ungodly are consigned, is anywise of 
a higher temperature, why — but, Mistress Sparks, you 
must excuse an old sea dog for the use of intemperate 
language, as in a case like this, none other will in the least 
answer." 

" ' Possibly,' resumed I, ' this is but the forerunner of 
the trade winds, if so our present condition would be 
nothing out of the usual run in these latitudes.' 

" ' Forerunner, you say ? "Well, if this be such the good 
Lord deliver us from what's to come after,' good humor- 
edly responded the captain. ' At the same time I would 
earnestly enjoin it upon you to be prepared for the 
worst, as I fear it's the forerunner of a terrible storm, 
aye,' he continued, ' here are the signs only too plainly 
visible, notice Jared, the falling barometer.' 

" Then seizing his cast-off tarpaulin he hastened on 



344 BEV. JARED SPARKS'S NARRATIVE. 

deck, when I quickly followed, noticing with a sickly 
sensation of fear, as I passed, the rapid falling as the 
captain had averred, of the tell tale instrument. 

"Not a breath of air was at this moment stirring, nor 
scarcely a sound, save the languid rolling of the ship, as 
it heaved to and fro on the broad bosom of the sea. 

" Captain Hopkins was undoubtedly a brave man and 
skillful seaman. Yet he was now evidently laboring under 
serious apprehensions, for he exhibited signs of uneasi- 
ness, casting his eyes over the sea, now aloft to the sky, 
then to the distant horizon, the waters presenting a most 
singular appearance, one that in all my sea-going experi- 
ence I had never before witnessed. 

" The sun, too, was partially obscured by a translucent 
haze, not unlike that I had noticed from Nantucket 
beach previous to a storm on a heated summer after- 
noon. 

" ' Take in sail ! ' was shouted in stentorian tones, the 
seamen responding with alacrity, and ere a few moments, 
nothing was seen aloft exposed to the winds save the 
topsails. 

"I drew a bucket of water from the sea, which I found 
like the atmosphere at nearly boiling temperature. 
"What added not a little to the gravity of the situation 
lay in the fact that the day was rapidly waning. In 
less than two hours the sun would set. Still another 
fact being no less apparant, the he^t was on the increase. 
As remarked by the captain, 'It is quite an unusual 
occurrence as the sun is enveloped by so dense an atmos- 
phere.' 

" The captain cast uneasy glances about the ship and 
over the sea, closely examining the rigging that nothing 
might be found wanting or out of place when the 
threatened storm should break. Yet I thought his mind 
full of doubt and hesitancy, and while I made no pre- 
tense to being a sailor, yet the many voyages I had 
undertaken, both by sea and land, together with having 
lived nearly my whole life on the borders of the ocean, 
I felt in a measure qualified to judi^e not only by indi- 



BEV. JARED SPABKS'S NARRATIVE. 346 

cations of the barometer but also by tlie blurred aspect 
of the sun, around which lay broad rings of vapor. Thus 
the situation was ominous, to say the least. 

" I also noticed the crew gazing anxiously about, lifting 
their eyes to the top-masts, then over the sea, meanwhile 
conversing in low tones suggestive of trouble, while the 
face of the captain betrayed unusual anxiety. Thus 
taking it altogether, I feared that all was not right, and 
as night was rapidly drawing near, serious trouble, if not 
peril, might well be apprehended. Meanwhile the 
sailors from the excessive heat had thrown off all super- 
fluous clothing leaving their arms bare to the shoulder, 
streams of perspiration deluging their faces. In fact, 
at this juncture it was difficult for one even to get his 
breath. So the captain ordered the poles stripped bare 
and the cook to prepare supper, though much earlier 
than usual, as he deemed it wise to be throughly pre- 
pared for the breaking of the storm which it was evi- 
dent would not much longer be delayed. 

" In a few minutes thereafter, the sailors were congre- 
gated about the captain, busy with their evening meal, 
while at the suggestion of the captain, the passengers 
were similarily engaged. 

" There was now not a breath of air stirring, the sea 
lying in one unbroken glare, the broad ring so lately 
surrounding the sinking sun, had wholly disappeared, a 
heavy mass of dense clouds taking its place, a deep 
darkness enshrouding both sky and sea. 

"One thing noticed particularly at this time, and to 
which I called the captain's attention, was that while 
the sun had not entirely sunk beneath the horizon, the 
darkness should have become so intense. 

*' In reply, he said, ' This almost total darkness is caused 
mainly by the dense clouds surrounding and enveloping 
the sun's disc and I can but own,' he continued, 'it 
quite frightens me, and let me now tell you, friend 
JareJ, a fearful storm is brewing. How we shall come 
out of it, the Lord only knows I I think, however, 
'twould be best to hold speech with Obadiah Jennings, 



846 BEV. JAREi) SPARKS'S NARRATlVIfi. 

Neliemiali Clark and others touching on the state of 
affairs, that all needful preparations be made, tending to 
the safety of the women and children. At the same 
time I would caution you to give them no needless alarm 
and possibly, parson,' he added, ' a few earnest prayers 
might not be out of place, for if the help of the Lord was 
ever needed, 'tis now or soon will be, as I am thoroughly 
convinced our situation is verging on extreme peril." 

" Deeming the captain's suggestion a wise one, I imme- 
diately proceeded to carry it into effect, going below and 
conferring with those previously mentioned, but before 
doing so, I asked from which direction the storm would 
probably approach. 

" ' From the north,' he replied, * as that is from 
whence come the swells.' 

"The storm seeming to be on the point of breaking, 
the captain ordered all below, yet the words had scarcely 
escaped his lips, when there came a blinding flash, fol- 
lowed by a crashing rej)ort, succeeded by another still 
more powerful and thunderous. 

" Now followed a period of deathlike silence, darkness 
brooding on the face of the deep, nothing heard save 
the clanking anchor chains and rattling of blocks, caused 
by the uneasy heaving of the ship. 

"Meantime the passengers had all gone below, save 
Julia, who begged so piteously to remain at my side that 
I could not say her nay, yet I well knew the danger was 
great from the incoming seas, soon to flow with resist- 
less current along the deck, the air seemed charged with 
some subtle odor suggestive of brimstone and anon a 
few drops of rain fell. 

"Looking far away over the sea in the direction from 
whence came the wind, I saw the advance of the storm 
on which I admonished Julia to hurry below. 

" Midnight darkness was now over everything, yet in- 
stead of being solidly massed, the clouds were divided, 
leaving a narrow strip of blue visible, through which 
were discerned the stars, the sky illuminated by the 
constant play of sheet lightning. 



REV. JARED sparks' S NARRATIVE. 347 

"There yet remained one small sail not thoroughly 
secured, but the captain shouted in excited and I 
thought frightened tones : 

" ' Down for your lives, men, down for your lives ! ' 

"Then the storm in all its fury struck the ship, the 
sea boiling in rage, the elements seeming to combine to 
our swift destruction. 

" I can hardly describe the scene that followed, the 
raging tumultuous billows, the continued thunder of 
heaven's artillery, screeching, howling blasts of wind, as 
they tore through the rigging. 

" At this moment my wife came hurrying from below, 
beseeching in agonized tones, " For my sake, Jared, if no 
other, come down 1 The storm is upon us ! " 

" But loath to leave a scene of such startling, one might 
well say, awful grandeur, exhibiting in full force the 
power of the Almighty, I was fain to linger, when, 
seizing me by the arm, she dragged me to the ladder. 

" Immediately thereafter, the hurricane struck us ; but 
who can describe its relentless power, as the mad, 
shrieking, hurling tempest of wind, deafening thunder, 
blinding shafts of lightning, deluging sheets of rain, 
came upon us? 

" At the first onset of the tempest, the ship seemed to 
remain as though glued to the wave ; then suddenly, 
turned on her side, her bulwark touching the raging 
billows, while the sea poured in torrents over the rail. 

" Now the wind roared, the waves rose mountain high, 
yet the vessel, partially lifting, sped over the tumult- 
uous seas, drawn at the will of the tempest. 

" But what a thrilling scene was being enacted below ! 
Men down on their knees praying, women shrieking to 
God for help, children sobbing and crying as though 
their hearts would break! 

"I went down among them, counselling them to be calm, 
beseeching the Almighty in his infinite mercy to stay 
the tempest, or in the event of our being lost, that we 
might be reconciled to our fate, ' Knowing He doeth all 
things well.' 



848 REV. JARED SPARES'S NARRATIVE. 

*' Oa a sudden, while engaged in these devotions, there 
came a deafening report from overhead ; the sail remain- 
ing unfurled had given away. The vessel, previous to 
the blowing away of the sail, was nearly half under 
water, yet she now partially righted. 

" Imagine, if possible, the feelings of so large a number 
of poor dependent souls, confined within the stifling 
cabin, expecting each moment to be their lastl 

"The ship continued to plunge more heavily, rushing 
on with maddening speed; no possibility of keeping her 
on her course. 

" In this manner several hours passed, the vessel driv- 
ing heedlessly on, when of a sudden, without warning, 
the loud, angry, deafening roar of breakers came to our 
startled ears. 

" ' Now,' said Captain Hopkins, *as the ship will soon 
go to pieces, in which event not a soul can be saved, the 
only recourse is the boats — and let it be understood,' he 
continued, standing in our midst, calm and collected, like 
the brave shipmaster he was, 'not a man, either crew or 
passenger, will leave the wreck, until the safety of your 
wives and children is assured, anyhow as far as the 
boats are competent to effect their rescue.' 

" Then he ordered the mate to attend to the lowering 
of the craft, comprising a launch capable of sustaining 
twenty persons, two smaller ones holding ten each ; 
which order carried out, the embarkation was begun. 

" All were lowered over the sides of the wreck save 
Captain Hopkins, my wife, Eebecca Wainwright, a 
daughter of a colonist, and myself. I had implored both 
the women to follow their companions to the boats, but 
Julia indignantly refused, saying she would if needs be 
die with, but under no consideration forsake me. As to 
Rebecca, she averred that as Mistress Julia had shown 
her much kindness on the voj'^age, nursing her though a 
severe fit of sickness, she would remain by her side, and 
as the boats were already overloaded, the signal was 
given, when they moved away to the sound of falling 
oars. We never saw them again. 



REV. JARED SPARKS'S NARRATIVE. S49 

'* I believed I could see the hand of Providence in thus 
putting into the hearts of these brave women to remain 
to what seemed certain death, and the question often 
arose, * Why should we be spared in preference to so 
many others ? ' yet I could but say, ' Lord, thy waj^s are 
not as our ways.' Thus we remained on deck the long 
night througli, until at length the light of breaking- 
dawn appearing, we were greatly comforted to find our- 
selves still alive and the storm in a large measure 
abated. 

" The captain now left us, repairing to the hold. Soon 
returning, an expression of delight showing on his 
countenance, he reported, 'Save a hole staved in her 
side, the ship's bottom is comparatively sound.' He 
averred also that from being careened, the hole lying 
uppermost and the vessel cast so high on the rocks, no 
immediate danger need be apprehended. Joyful news 
indeed! and lifting my voice in prayer, I gave thanks to 
God for having so signally preserved us, in which I was 
heartily joined by Julia, Rebecca and the stout-hearted 
captain. 

" Meanwhile, dawn had so far advanced that distant 
objects were brought to view, and we scanned the waters 
in all directions, hoping thereby to discover our com- 
panions ; but nothing was seen save the high rolling 
billows and the waters dashing over the thickly-strewn 
reefs — a wide waste of waters ; no oar, no sail. Yet what 
is that! Away over to the left an object is now clearly 
discernible in the increasing light. Yet who shall 
describe my emotions upon the captain shouting in 
cheery tones, ' An island.' Aye, an island, indeed, and 
not many leagues distant. 

" As far as the eye could reach, extending on either 
hand, were to be seen the tops and slopes of mountain 
ridges, clothed in vivid green, a purplish haze envelop- 
ing their base. Still no where on the broad bosom of 
the ocean could be discovered the ship's boats. 

" ' Had they perished, while we, no more worthy, were 
saved?' was a thought constantly agitating my mind, 



850 REV. JARED SPARKS'S NARRATIVH. 

Or OQ the other hand, had thej, as T devoutly prayed, 
found shelter and rest on those delightful shores ? 

" At length casting about, materials for breakfast were 
soon gathered ; Julia, with the assistance of the maid 
Rebecca, placing before us a most excelleut meal, to which 
all did ample justice. 

" The domestic animals in whose company we set out on 
the voyage, had one by one succumbed to the fierce 
tropical heat, save those now with us, three head of sheep 
and one pair of fowl, the remainder with their coop having 
been washed overboard during the height of the storm. 
These were now faithfully attended to, provided with 
food and water, the cock crowing in evident delight upon 
again beholding his friends, the sheep also manifesting 
their appreciation of our thoughtful care by loud baa and 
I've no doubt experienced much relief from being able 
to maintain an upright position, an impossible feat when 
the vessel was rolling, pitching and tossing as during the 
past night. 

"Breakfast over, a general consultation was held in 
regard to devising some method whereby to reach the 
not distant shores, as not only our present comfort, but 
the preservation of our lives even, demanded immediate 
action, though as Captain Hopkins remarked, ' Should 
the storm continue to abate and the weather remain 
fine, I see no reason why the vessel should not hold 
together for several days,' However, the main point for 
consideration was as to the best plan whereby to carry 
out the move as suggested to reach the land lying 
plainly in sight. Yet had it been much farther away, 
our situation could have been little more aggravated, 
for we had no boat, and even supposing we were in pos- 
session of the craft, it would have been of little service, 
as the sea in every direction seemed encompassed with 
partially sunken reefs over which the water dashed with 
overwhelming power. 



THB BESCUl. 851 



CHAPTER L. 

THE RESCUE. 



44 



IN this emergency, Mistress Julia came to our relief, 
remarking, * I once heard of a crew of ship- 
wrecked sailors saved by means of a raft constructed 
from fragments of the broken vessel.' 

"'Aye,' interposed Captain Hopkins, 'while a boat 
would, as I conceive, be of little use, we must adopt the 
wise suggestion of Mistress Sparks.' 

"'A raft then it shall be,' said I, 'for a craft draw- 
ing more than a few inches of water would live in this 
rock-begirt sea but a few moments, and we could easily 
conjecture the fate of our companions, who were doubt- 
less dashed on the reefs ere they had gone half a score of 
boat lengths away from the wreck.' 

"The overturned masts to which were attached the 
broken shrouds and cordage, still clung to the vessel's 
side, and upon examining the hold, another supply 
of extra spars, coils of rope and sails were discov- 
ered and raised to the deck ; the masts cut loose, floated 
near the ship's bow. 

" Taking into consideration the large supply of provi- 
sions, farming implements, together with looms, spinning 
wheels and many other things of like character, also the 
ship's armament, the captain said : 

" ' Jared, our craft should be of good size, covering a 
considerable space, otherwise the sunken reefs and rocks 
whose crests frequently approach the surface can 
scarcely be avoided, as the loads must inevitably be 
heavy.' 

"So it was finally decided to make the raft twenty-five 
feet in length by twelve in breadth. 

" We now proceeded to cut the masts of the required 



852 THE RISCUB. 

length to serve for outside timbers, tlie spars laid cross- 
wise two feet apart; while at the middle and either end, 
were bound large pieces of timber, after which ropes 
were interlaced, strongly binding the entire fabric. Yet 
in order to make the outer pieces still more secure, auger 
holes were bored, into which were driven large pins, 
while over all was laid doors secured from the state- 
rooms and officers' quarters, these latter thoroughly 
nailed to the masts and spars. These doors, we well 
knew, would come handy, when, as remarked bj Mis- 
tress Julia, ' we build our house,' for she was, be it 
said, of a practical turn, nothing escaping her observa- 
tion that would in the least tend to future comfort and 
convenience. 

"Several hours were thus spent, the work proving 
quite severe to our unskilled hands, made doubly so 
from the extreme heat. Yet we could now look upon 
the result of our labors with a large degree of satisfac- 
tion, as here lay the means of escape from whnt might 
well be deemed a perilous situation, as also our future 
safety measurably assured, were we but enabled to reach 
the shores of yon 'enchanted island.' 

"Eebecca, of a romantic turn, stigmatized the ill-look- 
ing craft 'as no inapt representation of Noah's Ark, 
save the high towering sides and roof of that unique 
structure,' at which we all laughed heartily, thankful to 
catch at anything in the least tending to raise our spirits 
and relieve our minds from the contemplation of the sad 
scenes of the past night. 

" A stout spar, twenty feet in length, was now fastened 
to the timber running cross-wise through the centre, to 
serve as a mast. To this we secured a yard so contrived 
as to be easily raised, to which was attached a sail of 
sufficient breadth to drive the raft with a fair rate of speed, 
especially under pressure of a good breeze. 

" A half hour before nightfall, all was in readiness for 
departure, a considerable quantity of provisions on board, 
consisting of salt pork and beef, besides our entire stock 
of gunpowder and small arms. The sun now dropped 



THE RESCUE. 853 

beneath the sea in a clear sky, hardly a trace of the last 
night's disaster visible other than the stranded ship. 
Thus all things seemed to assure fair weather for the 
morrow, doubtless a day of toil and deep anxiety, as on 
the success of a safe voyage depended our future. So 
it was decided to get off at as early an hour as possible. 

" We retired early and slept well, awakened by the 
captain merrily shouting : 

" ' Avast there below, shipmates. Hasten up and 
behold the glories of the morning.' 

" Truly a sight to cheer the faintest heart, for the sun 
in all its majestic brilliancy was just emerging from out 
the sea, not a cloud obscuring its rays. 

"Breakfast eaten, I offered humble and devout thanks 
to the Ruler of the Universe for the preservation of our 
lives, beseeching a blessing on our perilous undertaking, 
well knowing that effort on our part must not be wanting. 

" Everything now in readiness, my wife and Rebecca 
took station on board the huge craft, sail was hoisted, 
and we were away, a fair breeze slowly wafting us from 
the side of the good ship. Starlight^ to which we had 
become greatly attached during the long weary months 
of the voyage. Our prow was pointed to shores where it 
was impossible to conjecture what might be our reception. 

"Previous to setting sail, a rudder having a long sweep 
attached, was fastened to the stern ; also a light rail, 
some two feet in height, run around the outer side, 
as the principal danger to be apprehended lay in being- 
thrown overboard as a result of striking the rocks, 
which in many instances rose above the surface. How- 
ever, the swells greatly aided us in riding over the pro- 
jections. Still the utmost efforts of the skilled sailor 
were required to be put forth in order to avoid being 
capsized. Yet fair progress was made, and in the course 
of a couple of hours, we had made such headway that 
the wreck was left far astern, and we were momentarily 
arriving nearer the shores of what might well be termed 
* an enchanting island.' Another half hour saw ns 
safely landed. 
22 



364' THE RESCUE. 

*' Our craft was now securely tied by a stout cable to a 
neighboring tree. Thus oar voyage had most happily 
terminated, our possessions lying moored in a safe haven. 
Would it prove ' one of rest ' ? A fact which time 
only could determine. Yet the sensations arising from 
again standing on solid earth were most pleasing, as it 
was a privilege heretofore long denied us. 

" Partaking of a hasty lunch, we unloaded our stores ; 
then erected a tent, partly a means of shelter from the 
sun's burning rays as also for the security of our price- 
less stores, particularly the ammunition, esteemed of the 
first importance. 

The captain now said : 

" Should the weather continue fine for several days, 
as now seems possible, we may be able to secure the 
larger portion of the cargo, possibly the whole, though 
necessarily involving a number of trips. Still as our 
raft has proven more serviceable and seaworthy than we 
had reason to expect, I see nothing in the way of its 
successful accomplishment. 

" The tent placed in position, we left my wife and 
Rebecca to stow away the lighter articles, and again set 
sail, returning to the wreck, and as the raft was now 
without a load, we made more rapid progress than on 
the in- going trip. 

*' Arriving at the wreck in a little less than two hours, 
we again commenced loading, putting on board many of 
the weightier articles, among which were the carron- 
ades, a crate of crockery, looms, spinning wheels, car- 
penters' tools, and a grindstone, not overlooking the 
sheep and fowls. An hour before sunset saw us on the 
homeward route, and though heavily laden, the craft 
made fair speed, riding easily over the bosom of the 
deep, buoyed up by the swells, as in an ordinary sea it 
would have been simply impossible to make the least 
bit of headway. We now felt ourselves in a situation 
not devoid of comfort, possessing as we did the means of 
subsistence for a considerable period of time, and were 
it to be our fate to spend our lives on this far away 



THK RESCUE. 855 

island of the Southern Hemisphere, believing it the will 
of God and for some wise purpose in thus ordering our 
ways, we could but do our duty cheerful]}'', recognizing 
the hand which had placed us in this condition. Not 
only this, but also sparing our lives while so many of our 
friends and companions had miserably perished ; and it 
may well be conceived that these thoughts frequently 
occurred to my mind with overwhelming force. 

*' On the fifth day a tempest that had been threatening 
now rose in all its fury, sweeping over land and sea, and 
it was only by the greatest exertions, that we were en- 
abled to keep our frail structure from succumbing to its 
powers. 

"The rain also began falling, increasing in volume un- 
til it seemed to pour in unbroken sheets, and it was 
scarcely possible, as I said to my wife, to keep our 
priceless stores from inevitable ruin. Yet it would not 
do to stand idly by, mourning our prospective losses. 
Rather, we went to work with a will cutting pegs, and 
driving them at the outer edges of the cloth, in tlie end, 
securing them against the mighty blasts sweeping over 
us and the overwhelming floods threatening our destruc- 
tion. 

"The sea, too, became enshroudedin a hazy, impene- 
trable mist, completely hiding the wreck from view, yet 
we well knew its fate. 

" The storm lasted for the space of three hours ere its 
mighty power was stayed, when fragments of the 
broken vessel were observed floating toward the shore. 

" The clouds and mist at length clearing, we were en- 
abled to catch a glimpse of the late position of the 
wreck, but not a spar, timber, or shattered bulwark re- 
mained of the once staunch Starlight. Aye, all was gone, 
not a vestige left, and out of the forty and eight souls 
who sailed from the New England port in confidence 
and hope, four only remained, and they castaways on 
these wild untrodden shores. The angry sea had lit- 
erally swallowed up in its depths friends, comrades, all; 
we alone left to tell the sad tale, I to jot it down 



356 THE RESCUE. 

in a log book of fate, that future generations might 
learn what befel those who at the outset were evidently 
destined to as long life and prospective happiness as 
were we. 

" The storm of wind, tempest and deluging rain, was 
now over, little of its eifects visible, save the total dis- 
appearance of the wreck, and here and there the pros- 
trate trunk of same huge monarch of the forest. Again 
the sun shone in all its splendor ; its beams warm and 
cheering, our hearts correspondingly light. 

" Four and one half months had now elapsed since set- 
ting sail on board the Starlight^ a voyage fraught with 
such momentous consequences, ending in such inglorious 
results and to most of its members, awful character. 

" It was now nearing the middle of October, and we 
could scarcely expect more than five or six weeks of fine 
weather. So our out-of-door work must necessarily be 
closed up within that time. As remarked Captain 
Hopkins : * We must to work, our future lies before us, 
mainly as we choose to make it, aye,' continued he, 'our 
duty is plain, especially as regards those nobly courageous 
souls, Mistress Sparks and Rebecca.' 

" ' By right of discovery,' he added, ' we are, as far as 
we yet know, the sole, undisputed owners of one of the 
choicest portions of God's domain, taking peaceable, 
though, as one may say, forced possession. Thus, as 
joint owners, it only remains for us to improve our 
heritage.' 

"'Yes,' said I, 'you speak naught but the truth, 
therefore let us not ' bury our talent,' for we shall doubt- 
less be called to render strict account of our steward- 
ship.' 

"'Which goes to show,' answered the captain, 'that 
our first duty lies in the direction of a comfortable habi- 
tation, to which end, I propose we fell trees and con- 
struct one of our old New England cabins, which will, 
from association, not only have a tendency to make us 
feel more at home but also at the same time guard our 
valuable possessions against storm, wild beasts and the 



THE RESCUE. 357 

no less savage instincts of the barbarous natives, should 
such there be. But let us first ascend to the top of this 
hill and take an observation inland, as, from our present 
location, we are entirely hidden from other than a sea 
view." 

" ' Yes,' replied I, ' possibly we may discover a more 
suitable place for our residence, but before making the 
attempt, let us hold speech with the no less interested 
members of our family, my wife and Rebecca.' 

" Having looked about us and taken counsel together, 
we at length decided on the site for our cabin and the 
next morning set to work. Breakfast over, we shouldered 
our axes, Julia and Rebecca each carrying a musket, 
and we were off to the scenes of our labors, where we 
felled great trees, afterwards cutting them into suitable 
lengths for the walls of our cabin, log house, as they 
would say in New England. Ere nightfall, a sufficient 
number lay ready to commence operations, 

" The following morning found us again astir, and 
early at work, and in the short space of one week, our 
house was nearly ready for occupancy. While it could 
boast of but little beauty, we considered it quite com- 
fortable, the latter of the most consequence, as our neigh- 
bors had nothing better. Leaving the internal arrange- 
ments to our fair companions, (though little could be said 
on this score, as the constant exposure to tlie sun, wind 
and weather had contributed greatly to unfairness of 
complexion, yet unbounded health glov/ed in their cheeks,) 
the captain and myself, with shovel and spade, turned 
over the rich mould, extending over an area of nearly an 
acre, in readiness for planting, ere the rainy season should 
set in. 

" This work completed, we next erected a block house 
on the top of which were mounted the two carronades, 
the walls being pierced for muskets, so that in case of 
attack from any source, we would be fully prepared my 
idea always having been, never more pronounced than 
now, that while placing full reliance on Providence, 
material aid should not be overlooked. 



858 ISLAND EXPEEIENCES CONTINUED. 

"Meantime our little flock of slieep having received 
all necessary attention, there was a fair possibility that an 
increase might soon be looked for, a fact greatly to be 
desired, for to this source must we eventually look for 
clothing as well as sustenance; and as the wild animals, 
whose dismal howls were increasing, particularly at 
night time, would doubtless prove troublesome, an 
enclosure was formed and stout palisades driven round 
its entire circuit, of sufficient height to prevent an 
entrance. A small portion was also tightly enclosed and 
roofed over, within which the little flock was securely 
housed during the night. 



CHAPTER LI. 

ISLAND EXPEEIENCES CONTINUED, 

* ' T> EBECCA WAINRIGHT, a fine, stout, healthy 
w\i maiden, both physically and mentally, had thus 
far proven a most valuable and faithful auxiliary to 
our little force, and from the fact of Captain Hopkins 
being a bachelor, I argued the time not far distant when 
he would determine it not wise 'for man to be alone.' 
So it came about that within the year, the marriage rites 
between him and Rebecca were solemnized, I as an ac- 
credited minister of the gospel, performing the ceremony. 
Truly an occasion for rejoicing, neither of the parties 
having occasion for regret thereafter, and I would here 
add a few words in the interest of the estimable captain, 
who was not only a conspicuous member of our party, 
but had also proven himself truly a friend in time of the 
greatest need. 

" Brave, capable, efficient ; generous to a fault ; ever 
ready to sacrifice interest, ease and comfort for the 
general good ; modest, unassuming, lowly in spirit, yet, 
when occasion required, rising to the height demanded, 
overcoming every obstacle, he was as I may say one of 



ISLAND EXPERIENCES CONTINUED. 359 

a thoiisaud, and to liis ripe judgment, enterprise and 
sterling qualities, may well be ascribed our success and 
manifold achievements. 

"The years have passed swiftly by, until we now 
number fifteen souls, while our flock of sheep have 
grown to proportions far exceeding our most sanguine 
expectations. 

" A fort stands on the summit of the hill, the scene of 
our original exploration and the starting point of the 
island adventures, from which are displayed the frown- 
ing muzzles of the Starlight's carronades, while over- 
head floats the ship's colors. 

" The soil of our domain is uncommonly rich and pro- 
ductive; some fifty acres in the aggregate under cul- 
tivation. 

" We have given up all hope of again beholding the 
face of any civilized human being, save our own people, 
it being evident that no vessel sailing the seas can 
approach our shores. 

" With this hope abandoned, we determined, under 
God, a colony, a nation even, should be founded ; its 
custodian, the Lord God of Hosts : its upbuilding and prin- 
cipal structure, secured by a knowledge of His ways. 

"Our progeny becoming numerous and fast approach- 
ing man and woinanliood, my one great desire was that 
.they be taught not only the word of God, but also those 
branches tending to their material welfare ; and as the 
Bible was the only book secured from the wreck, I 
devised and compiled text books for spelling, reading 
and a simple form of grammar, also a work on geogra- 
phy and arithmetic. 

"This done, I organized a school, spending several 
hours each day instructing the children, receiving much 
help from my wife, who proved an apt teacher. 

" Thus the time passed until at the end of thirty years, 
we find ourselves nearing the close of the seventeenth 
century, at which period our number has grown to two 
hundred, of all ages and both sexes. 

In this manner we have lived for the space of an 



360 ISLAND EXPERIENCES CONTINUED. 

ordinary lifetime ; hearing, knowing nothing of the 
great outside world, so near, yet so far away — near, as 
judged by miles; far, as the least knowledge is obtain- 
able. 

" I am now seventy -five years of age, and while in the 
enjoyment of good health, I cannot expect to survive a 
much longer period than that allotted to man — three 
score years and ten. 

" I have, so far as lay within my power, dedicated my 
life to the service of God; the interests of my family 
and the weal of the community ; performing every 
known duty cheerfully, uncomplainingly, believing it 
God's will, and that for His own wise purpose we were 
brought to these shores. My wife, now quite aged, has 
never for a moment murmured at tlie strange lot in which 
her life was cast ; her one delight and highest ambition 
that of training ber numerous progeny, not as is too 
often the case, in the fear, but rather in the love of their 
Creator, teaching His ways and wonderful works, mean- 
time, giving due diligence to their material interests. 
Thus while her duties have been manifold her labors 
severe, never a word of complaint has been heard from 
her lips. Now well along in years, surrounded by our 
children to the third and fourth generation, may we not 
look backward to a life well-spent, trusting all to God 
and the future to his glory. 

" Having taught our children to implicitly obey the 
laws of nature, illness and disease are almost unknown ; 
the skill of a physician being seldom required, the 
simple remedies compounded from roots and herbs, all 
that are required. As our numbers increase, in like 
measure do our wants, which have at all times and 
seasons been fully met, and as I now look about, witness- 
ing the rapidly increasing population; well-clothed, 
well-fed ; in possession of all the requisites of life, I 
may well say, it would ill behoove us to refrain from 
returning thanks to an all-wise Providence, who hath 
led us to a land wherein doth reign peace, happiness and 
contentment, and who hath so signally cared for and 



ISLAND EXPERIENCES CONTINUED. 361 

preserved us during the long continued period of our 
enforced exile. 

''Our fast multiplying flocks provide both food and 
clothing, our well tilled soil produces grain and vege- 
tables sufficient for sustenance, while fruits are especially 
abundant. Thus taking it all in all, I am fain to believe 
there is not a more thoroughly happy, prosperous and 
contented people on the face of the earth, and while 
others may possess many luxuries of which we are de- 
prived, they can scarcely realize the health-giving prop- 
erties and beauties of a topical climate. 

" Again, with the wealth and consequent added cares 
of their lives, go hand in hand habits of indolence, un- 
checked vice, diseases, misery and untimely death, all of 
which are hardly known to our thriving, energetic 
community. 

"The commander of the Starlight^ Captain Hopkins, 
departed this life some ten years ago, living to the good 
old age of ninety, leaving a thrifty and numerous 
progeny. 

" His aged wife, Rebecca, still survives, uetaining her 
faculties in a remarkable degree, proving as she has in 
many respects a most noble woman and worthy help- 
mate to the good old captain, whose memory lingers in 
the hearts of the whole community. 

" A town of considerable size and importance has grown 
up on the site originally selected for our island 
habitation. 

"1 have at all times endeavored to adhere rigidly to 
the customs and habits of civilized life, well knowing that 
a people left wholly to themselves, having no intercourse 
with their fellows, naturally drift away to illiteracy, 
until at length they fall into a state of hopeless bar- 
barism ; proving conclusively that nations either advance 
or retrograde in the scale of being ; from which fact, the 
continuous upbuilding and progress of the colony has 
been the one aim and chief desire of my heart. 

" The interesting and no less singular history of this 
people, as recorded by the original settler and founder 



S62 CONTINUATION OF THE NARRATIVE. 

of the colony, Rev. Jared Sparks, here ends, taken up 
and continued by his eldest son, Ephraim. Yet that 
there might be no question of dispute as to its author- 
ship and accuracy, the Rev. Jared has hereunto set his 
name, as also date of record, as witness. 

"I, Jared Sparks, do affirm this to be a true and faith- 
ful record of the various events of my life, as also a 
history of the original settlement of the island and its 
subsequent career down to the close of the seventeenth 
century. 

"Signed, this 21st day of November, 1699. 

"Jared Sparks." 



CHAPTER LII. 

CONTINUATION OF THE NARRATIVE. 

AS a prelude to continuation of the narrative, Eph- 
raim Sparks records the following : " My father, 
the Rev. Jared Sparks, departed this life March 13th, 
1724, aged eighty-three years. My mother, Julia, the 
year following, aged seventy-seven. Both of them in 
connection with Captain Hopkins and Rebecca Wain- 
wright, being the original settlers of the island and 
founders of the colony. The death of Captain Hopkins 
antedates that of my father eleven years. That of his 
wife Rebecca occurring six years later. 

" Shortly after my father's death, I succeeded to the 
governorship of the colon}'', numbering at that time two 
hundred souls. 

" In the year 1702, a child was born to the eldest son 
of Captain and Rebecca Hopkins, who married my sister 
in 1727. 

"This child, Josiah, upon reaching manhood, seemed 
to possess much originality of thought and brilliancy of 
conception, his mind running in the channel of invention, 
and as he advanced in years, his faculties expanded, his 
inventive perceptions increasing in like ratio, until the 



CONTINUATION OF THE NARRATIVE. 36S 

year 1725, he being at this time twenty-three, the 
idea of utilizing the wind as a motive power occur- 
red to him. Having brought this motor to perfection, 
he constructed mills for grinding corn, oats, peas and 
beans, also for sawing logs, and another for threshing 
and cleaning grain. He died in 1751, at the age of forty- 
nine, bequeathing to his family, as a heritage, the fruits 
of his genius in the various forms of machinery of the 
greatest utility and practical benefit to the commu- 
nity. 

•' Three years later, a monument was erected to his 
memory. At his death he left a son fifteen years of age, 
in whom was ere long developed even greater genius 
and inventive faculty than that of his father. 

" As previously remarked, on the death of my father, 
the governorship devolving upon me in regular succes- 
sion, I was anxious that as our numbers were already so 
large and rapidly augumenting, a system of general 
laws should be enacted more comprehensive than those 
then in force, to which end, I chose a council of ten, 
whose functions were to arrange the several members of 
the colony into sub-divisions, a certain number of 
families to each division, the council to have charge of 
the whole, one member of the same appointed to pre- 
side over each divison. 

" The cultivated portion of the island was also to be 
divided into equal portions or tracts of one hundred 
acres each. Thus whenever one of our young men 
attained the age of twenty-one years, this tract was set 
off for his exclusive use and the ultimate benefit of his 
family. This land he was to till, implements of hus- 
bandry and seed being supplied him from the general 
storehouse. 

" Bach division of families being under direct charge 
of a member of the council ; supposing a difference of 
opinion to arise among its members, the case would be 
taken to the council for adjustment, their decision sub- 
ject to no appeal other than to the governor, whose 
arbitrament would be considered final." 



364 CONTINUATION OF THE NARRATIVE. 

" These simple laws/' said Josliua, " comprise our 
whole system of government, proving in every instance 
adequate to our needs and perfectly satisfactory to the 
people. On the occasion of our walk yesterday you asked 
me, Herman, why it was considered obligatory on the 
part of the government to keep a body of troops under 
arms when intercourse with any other nation or people 
was impossible. In reply to a very natural question, I 
stated that the reason would become apparent when 
learning our history. I now come to an explanatory 
paragraph in the record which reads thus : 

" ' For prudential reasons,' Ephraim states, 'my father 
acting in concert with his friend. Captain Hopkins, hav- 
ing become convinced that their future was to be spent 
on the island, shortly after landing, erected a small fort- 
ress, or as it was styled at that time, block-house, not 
knowing at what hour their shores might be invaded by 
savage foes. In fact, it was simply a matter of con- 
jecture, whether, even then, they might not be lurking in 
ambush in the surrounding forest. 

" That this was a wise move the sequel will show." 

" In the year 1785, eleven years after the shipwreck, 
a body of savages, numbering not less than three hun- 
dred, invaded these shores, or more accurately speaking, 
made the attempt. 

" Chancing to spy them when yet a long distance away, 
ample time was given to make adequate preparations 
for their reception. Meanwhile the cannons mounted at 
the top of the fortress were heavily charged, as also 
were the twenty muskets, my mother and Rebecca, the 
wife of Captain Hopkins, lending their assistance. I 
was at that time ten years of age, and well remember 
the circumstences of an affair that at the outset 
threatened serious consequences. My parents, as well as 
the captain and his brave wife, were calm and collected, 
their manner evidencing little fear, yet I well knew that 
if the worst came to the worst, they would sell their 
lives dearly in the effort to protect their possessions and 



CONTINUATION OF THE NARRATIVE. 866 

families, meantime placing full confidence in the Power 
which had thus far preserved and brought them through 
SO many dangers. The savages, naked to the waist, 
armed with long shafted spears and huge knotted clubs, 
were gathered on immense rafts, designed especially for 
the expedition. They made tiie air resound with cries, 
whoops and fierce yells, and as we were well aware that 
should the natives effect a landing, nothing could save 
us from swift destruction, the main effort then was put 
forth in keeping them well off' from shore. 

"The loDg, pointed, heavily laden craft, propelled by 
sweeps, made but slow headway, now and again striking 
against a projecting rock, by which many were thrown 
violently into the sea, but being used to the water, they 
quickly gained their former position. Thus more than 
an hour passed in anxious delay aad weary expectancy, 
when at length coming within range of the heavy guns, 
each loaded with a round shot, they were carefully 
sighted, the match applied, when with a deafening roar 
the solid balls sped on their way, striking the foremost 
raft squarely in tlie centre where the savages were 
mainly congregated. I could not tell how many of the 
heathens were slain at this discharge. However, from 
appearances, it was judged not less than a score, besides 
a large number who were wounded and cast into the 
sea, where they lay struggling and helpless. To say the 
least the scene was terrible, and I am quite positive no 
subsequent experiences were to my mind so thrilling, 
for it must be borne in mind I had never before heard 
the roar of a gun in combat, or one discharged with 
hostile intent, nor witnessed its murderous effects. 

"The cannibal chief again rallied his forces, amid 
shouts of anger and brandished spears, when they were 
soon under way, intent solely on landing. But the guns, 
heavily shotted, were again brought to bear and dis- 
charged, whereby an immense number were slaughtered, 
the leading craft shattered and sinking. At this juncture, 
the natives, evidently beside themselves with fright,imag- 
ining supernatural powers were lending a hand, thus giv- 



866 CONTINUATION OF THE NARRATIVB. 

ing powerful aid to their antagonists in launching 
thunderbolts forged in the spirit world into their midst, 
at length withdrew, paddling the unwieldy craft away 
as rapidly as possible. So in the space of a couple of 
hours they were entirely hidden from view by a project- 
ing point some miles distant. Meanwhile, my mother 
and Rebecca were busy with the muskets, though on 
account of the distance, these produced little effect, other 
than keeping up a tremendous roar, serving however an 
admirable purpose in making the savages believe thun- 
der and lightning were playing no insignificant part in 
aid of their antagonists." 

*' Three subsequent attacks have been made since the 
death of the chronicler of these events," said Joshua, 
" terminating in each instance disastrously to the natives. 
Yet from its suddenness, one attack came within a hair's 
breadth of seriouslj'- crippling, if not entirely destroying 
the fruits of many years' hard labor. In fact the future 
prosperity of the colony for a time wavered in the balance, 
and it was only by the most strenuous efforts and bravery 
of the leaders that their lives were saved, for the savages 
had not only reached the shores, but effected a partial 
landing before they were discovered, yet they were 
finally beaten off. This was their last appearance, and 
now the town being so well fortified, little further appre- 
hension need be felt for its safety. Thus, friend Herman, 
you will easily perceive the necessity of keeping our 
homes and possessions well guarded. 

"The record of Ephraim Sparks here closed, contin- 
ued by Nicholas Sparks, our present governor and 
chronicler, brought down to the first of the present 
year. My father, as scribe, has the documents in charge, 
adding thereto as he may think proper. 

"The office of scribe was created some five years 
since, as also keeper of the seals, the object being to re- 
lieve the governor, (who is now nearly ninety years of 
age,) from duties daily becoming more onerous on ac- 
count of the largely increased population." 



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CHAPTER LIII. 

INVENTIONS OF THE COLONISTS. 

INTRODUCED in the character and under the cogno- 
men, as was expressed, of "an old sea dog," an ap- 
pelation always pleasing to sailors, the captain had, in 
an interview with the governor, related his adventures 
from the time when he took command of the Black 
Eagle to the present, the governor manifesting much 
interest in the story. As no one of the colonists had 
ever before set eyes on a civilized being, outside of their 
own circumscribed limits, it was a matter of extreme 
dif&culty to expel from their minds the notion that these 
unheralded strangers were not from a world differing 
from their own. Yet this could scarcely be wondered 
at, when taking into consideration that they knew of no 
other, save from tradition and the meagre outlines of a 
history compiled by their ancestors, and this mainly 
relating to events connected with the original settle- 
ment and subsequent affairs of the island community. 

That both Gamahil and Joshua had conceived a warm 
friendship for the castaways there could be little doubt, 
as it was too plainly shown in look and manner to be 
disputed. Disposed to show them all the attention pos- 
sible, they now invited them to call upon several of the 
leading members of the community, when they would 
be introduced in their proper character, and as nothing 
could be more desired, they readily acquiesced in the 
proposition. So setting out, they called at the residences 
of a number of the more noted citizens, receiving a hearty 
welcome, after which they were shown the principal points 
of interest, notably the railroad, which engaged their at- 
tention to the exclusion of nearly all else, proving a rare 



368 INVENTIONS OF THE COLONISTS. 

auJ novel spectacle ; for here were well built, convenient 
cars, propelled by the action of the wind at fair speed. 

First came a fiat car, thirty feet in length, from the 
centre rising a mast twenty-five feet in height, to which 
was attaclied a yard capable of sustaining sail of aneuor 
mous breadth. In front and near the end of the car 
stood a wheel, twelve feet in diameter, in the form of a 
cone, the apex pointing outward. At the outer edge 
of the circle, wings twenty-four inches in width were 
so arranged as to be acted upon with great power, caus- 
ing the wheel to revolve with rapidity and force ; thus 
supposing the wind ahead, the sail was lowered, the 
wheel alone being required. On the other hand, when 
the wind came from the rear or at right angles, both sail 
and wheel were brought into play. As the current act- 
ing on the sail forced the machine ahead, the power 
generated by the motion was in ratio to the speed, thus 
producing a double action, capable, as Joshua remarked, 
of moving cars at nearly any desired rate of speed ; 
tbirty miles an hour, with -a good breeze, being nothing 
uncommon. 

" You will readily perceive," said he, " we have an 
economical and speedy means of transporting the pro- 
ducts of the soil from the farms to the storehouse, at 
the same time allowing the tillers of the land to go 
back and forth at will between their homes and the out- 
lying districts, while excursions for hunting are frequent, 
game being plentiful in the dense forests and mountain 
ranges." 

Another significant fact drawing the attention of 
Herman was the absence of buildings of whatsoever 
nature outside the limits of the town, which was 
explained in this wise: "You see," said Joshua, "it is 
considered not only an economical measure, but more 
conducive to safety that there be no outlying settlement, 
as, in the event of a raid by the savages, those people 
living in the exposed districts, deprived of the means of 
defense, would be placed wholly at the mercy of the bar- 
barians, (and for a truth, we well know what that means,) 



INVENTIONS OF THE COLONISTS. 369 

while those sheltered within easy rauge of the fortress 
guns are fully protected." 

" Well," observed Captain Perkins, "common sense 
anyhow is not lacking among your people, and mj candid 
opinion is that many of the older communities might 
here be taught a useful lesson, and that in more ways 
than one. " 

" Yes, " replied Herman, " this is social life and that 
to a degree I would not have believed possible. " 

Said Joshua, the idea of an attack from our savage 
foes having been broached, " I will here remark that 
while it has been many years, in fact, not within the 
life-time of any of our present inhabitants, that a raid 
has been attempted, yet I am convinced we may expect 
one before many years, possibly months; and when it 
does take place, it will be with a larger and more pow- 
erful force than ever before. " 

"Let em come," shouted the captain, " I'd like noth- 
ing better than a brush with the measly, copper-toed, 
(colored, I should have said) missionary-eating cannibals, 
the worthless cusses. " 

The bold, outspoken captain's' desires were to be 
granted and Joshua's prophecy fulfilled sooner than 
either anticipated, and in such a manner as not only to 
lead to a " brush, " but a hand-to-hand tussle as well, 
attended also by loss of life. 

The mills for grinding grain were next visited, also 
those for sawing logs, manufacturing woolen and tow 
fabrics, for casting cannon, smelting ores, threshing 
grain and brick making. 

" Well," ejaculated the captain, the principal points of 
interest having been thoroughly scanned and as they 
were about to turn homeward, "I'll be hanged if what 
we've seen to-day don't go to show the spirit of inven- 
tion abroad in the world, go wherever you will, con- 
fined to no country or people. " 

" Aye, sown broadcast, so to speak," interrupted 
Herman. Then continuing, "We find here a people as 
completely isolated as though inhabiting the moon, yet 
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870 INVENTIONS OF THE COLONISTS. 

in possession of many inventions and improvements of 
our own land. Let me ask, in all sincerity, by what 
method of reasoning shall we account for it? How solve 
the mystery? Does the source of this inventive spirit 
emanate from a higher power, or wherein does it lie ? " 

" Possibly from the air we breathe, " suggested the 
Captain. " Yet, " he continued, turning to the scribe, 
"with all your inventions, improvements and what not, 
I observe no signs of shipping — a principal factor in the 
growth and prosperity of all nations — not even a sail or 
row boat have I yet seen. May I inquire the reason for 
this, Gamahil?" 

" Certainly, " anwered the scribe. " You see it's like 
this: while our domain is of comparatively large extent, 
yet its shores are entirely surrounded by coral reefs, 
many sunken, 'tis true, while others approach the surface. 
The only point as yet discovered that can in the least be 
approached is the one where you landed, and that only 
by a craft similar to yours or those of the natives. 
Plerein lies our safety. For if it were possible to efiE'ect 
a landing at any other part of the shore, the savages 
could then take us in the rear, laying our unprotected 
districts waste, destroy our prosperous town, slaughter- 
ing the inhabitants, or what were deemed infinitely 
worse, taking us into hopeless captivity. For tliis rea- 
son the fortress was erected on the summit of the hill, 
our guns commanding the only point of landing. 

"Keturning to the question of navigation, I would 
mention that in the early days of settlement, as our 
records inform us, a vessel of several tons burden was 
constructed, launched, and on the trial trip wrecked, its 
occu])ants narrowly escaping drowning. At another 
time, a craft of less dimensions, propelled by oars, was 
launched with equally disastrous results. Subsequent 
efforts have been put forth from time to time, all ending 
in total failure. " 

" From all of which it would seem, " observed Her- 
man, " the prospect of again setting foot on Caesar's beau- 
tiful island is exceedingly slim, and while the past five 



INVENTIONS OF THE COLONISTS. 371 

years have been full of mysterious events, this may well 
be conceived none the less so. " 

After having visited the principal buildings devoted 
to manufacturing, our friends next turned their steps 
toward the tabernacle, the residence of the governor, 
where were also located the government offices. This, the 
most notable structure of the town, was a building of 
brick, two stories in height, the inner walls ornamented 
with stucco, the floors laid in a species of hard wood 
susceptible of a high polish, thus presenting a smooth 
and shining surface, while the furnishings, though plain, 
were neat in appearance. After indulging in a half 
hours' conversation relating mainly to general affairs of 
the community, the governor at length remarked : 

" Our people, as ye are doubtless aware, are not only 
anxious but getting impatient to become acquainted 
with ye, as ye are objects of general interest in ye eyes 
of those who have never before beheld strangers. I 
would, then, if so be ye are agreed, suggest ye propriety 
of calling them together on ye morrow, in ye latter 
part of ye day, at ye public square, at which time and 
place ye may speak to them as it so pleaseth ye touch- 
ing a world of which ye do say so much and about which 
they know so little. " 

So it came to pass on the following afternoon at the 
hour of three, the grounds surrounding the tabernacle 
witnessed an excited, eager populace assembled to give 
greeting and welcome to the strangers who had so en- 
tirely engrossed their thoughts during the past two days. 
The captain and Herman were thereupon introduced 
by the governor and made speeches in turn, explaining 
fully their presence on the island, and giving a brief his- 
tory of their country since the emigration of the 
colonists. Then, after some religious services, the as- 
semblage broke up, satisfied with the strangers' account 
of themselves, while our friends returned to the house 
of the scribe. Strolling down the street on the day suc- 
ceeding the eventful gathering at the public square, 
Herman, thinking no better opportunity would present 



872 INVENTIONS OF THE COLONISTS. 

itself, determined to call on the noted inventor ; so mak- 
ing his way to the establishment where he was usually 
to be foand, he encountered that worthy immediately on 
crossing the threshold. The customary greeting passed, 
Herman was cordially invited to enter, when he noticed 
plans in progress looking toward superseding the present 
wooden by iron rails on the railroad track. 

The young stranger at once proceeded to explain to his 
attentive listener the steam engine, its simple form of con- 
struction and mode of working as adapted to propelling 
railroad cars, as also the various kinds of machinery 
in general use throughout the civilized world. He 
told the inventor of the original discovery of this won- 
derful motive power, none other, he averred, than the 
lifting of a tea kettle lid by the expansion of the steam' 
generated by the boiling water within, all of which was 
of coarse hitherto unknown to the island genius. 

Again the air ship, commonly knovv'n as the balloon, 
or a method of navigating the air, was explained, among 
many other remarkable inventions suggesting, as Herman 
added, " a possibility of reaching the outer world." 

Both the captain and Herman now went to work with a 
will, the former suggesting various agricultural imple- 
ments, acquired, however, mainly from observation, as he 
liad little practical knowledge concerning these affairs. 
Meantime Herman organized a school, attended by chil- 
dren of all ages, the older ones, together with the no less 
interested parents, willing to avail themselves of an 
opportunity to learn things both new and strange. 

A printing press also became at this time a subject of 
serious thought, it being agreed this would be one of the 
first improvements undertaken, as it was conceded on 
all hands to be the most important. Again, the manu- 
facture of glass was attempted, followed by fair results, 
the component parts being found in the outlying hilly 
districts. 



THE NEW LAWS ENACTED. 873 



CHAPTER LIV. 

THIi NEW LAWS ENACTED. 

MORE than four years have now elapsed since Cap- 
tain Perkins and his associates sailed on the war 
ship Black Eagle, and what lives of adventure have 
been theirs 1 Taking an active part against the govern- 
ment vessel sent out in pursuit of an alleged criminal, 
followed by the declaration that they would not serve 
under the Confederate flag; imprisonment, succeeded by 
nearly four years' residence on a hitherto unknown, un- 
inhabited island ; the voyage of adventure ending in the 
discovery of a new world peopled by more than one 
thousand souls in a comparatively high state of civiliza- 
tion ; and now the prospect of an indefinate, possibly a life 
long existence on these remote shores confronted our 
friends with serious forebodings, mainly however as re- 
garded their far away families. But for this, they would 
have felt a measurable degree of content. Therefore 
under these conditions, it will be readily seen activity and 
labor must necessarily become their only recourse, a 
panacea for the ills of both body and mind. 

At this juncture, the young schoolmaster began to be 
looked upon by many of the more conservative as a mis- 
guided, some affirmed, a misleading person — a necro- 
mancer possibly, in league with the Devil. Ashe taught 
things of an astounding nature, to which they could not, 
neither would, give credence, their superstitions naturally 
led them to this belief. When he came to tell them of 
the rotation of the earth in conjunction with its annual 
flight around the sun ; the immensity of space ; the great, 
yea, inconceivable distance of the sun and planets from 
the earth ; their enormous size as compared with our in- 
significant globe ; the probability of their being inhabited 



374 THE NEW LAWS ENACTED. 

by people like tkemselves, they at once began question- 
ing his authority for making such outrageous statements. 

As previously mentioned, the Bible was the only 
printed work secured from the wrecked Starlujht ; in 
fact, at that remote period but few books were published 
especially those of astronomy, touching on the heavenly 
bodies ; geology, showing the probable age of the earth, 
together within other scientific treatises common to our 
time. Ideas concerning the date of creation were there- 
fore founded on the vague, uncertain conclusions of 
scriptural writers, hence theories and teachings antago- 
nistic to those statements must necessarily be considered 
as false. 

Our island community was in a condition analogous 
to the people of preceding ages, with this difference, that 
whereas these had no means of obtaining information, 
save from the teachings of nature and the revelations of 
the Bible, the ancients were, or could have been, enlight- 
ened by the former theories of scientific men, necessarily 
limited, yet of the utmost value. There was then grow- 
ing up in the community a realization of this fact that 
possibly their preconceived notions might ere long be 
overthrown, in which event the sacred word of God as 
regarded these affairs become not only a question of con- 
troversy and dispute, but also capable of sowing the seeds 
of disbelief ending in discord, therein endangering the har- 
mony heretofore prevailing, a condition of aft'airs which, 
the governor averred, could not for a moment be allowed. 

Gamaliel, the scribe, as also his son Joshua, in thorough 
accord with all the young stranger had said regarding 
these most important discoveries of the age, naturally 
took his part in the controversy, and, from being citi- 
zens of influence, became ere long the nucleus of a party 
antagonistic to previous notions and ideas. 

On the other hand, the governor, discerning that 
which might prove and be accepted as a new element ar- 
rayed in opposition to the Bible, tlius tending to over- 
throw the system of heredity in the governorship, at 
once authorized measures to be taken in defiance of the 



THE NEW LAWS ENACTED. 375 

strange doctrines sought to be thrust upon the commu- 
nity. From this there loomed up and continued to thrive 
in the minds of the now unhappy people, a source of 
disquiet, possibly danger. The governor, becoming 
hourly more and more alarmed upon witnessing the 
growing popularity of the strangers, called in extra ses- 
sion the council of ten, who assembled at the taber- 
nacle. The case was stated and at the same time he 
desired each member's candid opinion regarding the un- 
settled condition of affairs, as also the course they in- 
tended pursuing in relation to the unhappy controversy. 

Upon the question being so fairly put, eacli and all 
expressed an honest conviction that they would in any 
event stand by His Honor in whatever measures he 
might choose to adopt, looking to the well being and 
safety of the better-meaning portion of the community, 
particular stress being placed upon the latter clause of 
the sentence. 

In explanation of the situation, the governor urged 
that their ancestors, to the most remote generations, 
had not only founded, but adopted equitable laws for the 
colony in its incipient state, and that those laws were 
founded on precepts inculcated by the Bible, which 
must, in any event, be considered just, and as they had 
ever been found to meet their wants and conditions, 
what more, he urged, could be desired. Such then be- 
ing the case, why accept new theories destined in the 
end to revolutionize and possible overthrow all precon- 
ceived ideas and forms of a governing power heretofore 
proven adequate to meet all emergencies? 

"Our people, as ye all know,'' continued he, "have 
been happy and contented under these laws. Why seek 
to controvert them by theories antagonistic to Bible 
teachings? Scientific they may be, yet not sacred. 
However, as we have never had occasion for ordinances 
touching a case of this nature, I would suggest to ye 
honorable council the desirability of framing a law cov- 
ering the matter." 

So it came about that the following ordinance was 



376 THE NEW LAWS ENACTED. 

enacted, wbicli thereupon being signed by tiie governor 
took immediate efi'ect : — 

" Be it hereby enacted by ye council of ten, sitting in 
solemn conclave on this 13th day of August, in ye year 
of our Lord, 1865 : 

" That any person or persons, native or foreign born, 
who shall at this or any future time, introduce into this 
law-abiding community or other portion of our do- 
mains, any unlawful act tending to sedition, or in any 
manner whatsoever affecting the well-being of ye peo- 
ple ; any act of heresy, thereby setting up in oppo- 
sition to ye teachings of ye Holy Bible, shall on con- 
viction of ye same, receive ye admonition of ye gov- 
ernor; on a second offense of like character, imprison- 
ment for ye term of one year from ye date of convic- 
tion thereof; for ye third and final disobedience of ye 
laws, shall receive ye punishment of death." 

The above ordinance, sanctioned and signed by the 
governor, was, as before stated, to take immediate effect, 
and measures were inaugurated to put it in force when- 
ever occasion should demand, evidently now not far distant. 

The people were again commanded to assemble at 
the tabernacle, when the new law was proclaimed, ac- 
companied by the solemn injunction : 

" Obey ye it not, at your peril i " 

The following day, Gamahil, as acknowledged leader 
of the opposition, called together his adherents, when 
they were addressed by the young stranger, after which 
Gamahil said : 

" Citizens, ye have heard what our learned friend 
hath spoken. His words bear to my mind ye impress of 
ye truth and sound reason. Shall we then, I ask, ac- 
cept these teachings, following them in ye right spirit, 
thus sustaining him in efforts tending to enlighten our 
understanding? Now as many of ye as are in favor 
of ye liberal policy, please to raise ye right hand," and 
as fully two-thirds of the populace did as requested, 



THE NEW LAWS ENACTED. 377 

thus signifying assent, the scribe made no hesitation iu 
proclaiming a favorable result. 

Meantime, the governor, believing the welfare of the 
community at stake, in that if the majority were per- 
mitted to organize in opposition to his rule, the present 
government would be thereby overthrown, quickly fol- 
lowed by a general upheaval, the system of heredity 
come to an inglorious termination, immediately issued a 
proclamation calling on all citizens who had at heart 
the weal of the people to organize in defence of his 
rights and their welfare, thus sustaining a system of laws 
instituted and handed down by their forefathers. 

The opposition, taking advantage of the large num- 
bers gathered about the standard of Gamahil, thoroughly 
united and harmonious in action, resolved to sustain their 
leader in whatever measure he might deem it expedient 
to adopt. 

At this juncture the governor ordered out a file of 
soldiers, directing them to proceed at once to the scribe's 
residence, then and there to arrest the stirrer up of strife, 
the promulgator, as he averred, of sedition, and bring 
him before the council for admonition. Yet, like many 
another, he had reckoned without his host, for upon ar- 
riving at the scene of operations, the house was found 
thoroughly guarded, every avenue of approach sur- 
rounded by Gamahil's adherents, who, upon demand, 
utterly refused to deliver up the accused, jeering at 
those whom they termed government hirelings. 

The sergeant at once gave the order, " Seize the 
culprits," but he too found himself all at sea regarding 
his calculations, for his antagonists rallied at the word 
of command, when a conflict ensued, the government 
troops being utterly routed, fleeing from the field in 
the greatest disorder. 

The governor, notwithstanding his great age, was 
still a man of considerable energy, placing no little re- 
liance upon supernatural power; more perhaps, than 
upon carnal weapons. Upon word being brought tell- 
ing of the discomfiture of his forces, he immediately dis- 



378 QSNERAL DUKE STEELE AS FOREIGN MINISTER. 

patched couriers throughout the town, requesting a 
general turnout on the same evening, gathering at the 
tabernacle, when a season of prayer would take place, to 
be at once followed by arming the whole people. In 
other words they were to hold the Bible in one hand., 
and musket in the other, not unlike scenes of previous 
centuries, with the difference, the musket substituted for 
torch, rack and thumb-screw. 

The opposing forces thoroughly organized and equip- 
ped so far at least as their limited means allowed, an 
internecine war now seemed inevitable. 

One of the first acts of the scribe was to seize and 
gain possession of the fortress, which, together with its 
armament of heavy guns, would enable him to command 
the town, and as large supplies of ammunition had pre- 
viously been stored in the magazines, the scribe's party 
might well be considered formidable antagonists. 
However, the government oflScials were by no means 
idle spectators, for the great inventor was now busily en- 
gaged in casting guns and round shot; others in the 
manufacture of powder or moulding bullets for the small 
arms. Tlie work was carried on at the foundries still in 
possession of the government faction, a large force of 
skilled workmen being there employed. 

Affairs it may well be conceived, were now for the 
first time in the colony's history assuming a serious, nay, 
dreaded aspect; the outlook threatening, the thought 
arising in many a troubled heart, " What shall be the 
outcome." 



CHAPTER LV. 

GENERAL DUKE STEELE AS FOREIGN MINISTER. 

THREE years have now elapsed, carrying us down 
to 1868. General Duke Steele meanwhile, at the 
home of the late Thomas Baxter, in a large mensuie 
recovered from the effect of the cruelties inflicted upon 



GENERAL DUKE STEELE AS FOREIGN MINISTER. 879 

him at the bauds of the outlaw gaog, under instructions 
from Lieutenant Cyril Blancliard, had some two years 
previous united his fortunes with his old love, Nelly, 
though it must be owned that the fortune was largely on 
her side. Anyhow they were duly married and were 
now living at the old plantation home inherited from 
Nelly's father. 

Meanwhile the rebellion had terminated most un- 
happilj^ for its promoters, but correspondingly happy for 
its opponents, the institution of slavery being now a 
memory only. 

Tlie negroes formerly belonging to the Baxter estate, 
scattered throughout the North during the war, have 
returned to their well beloved home on the banks of 
the Rappahannock. 

Meantime the Presidency of the United States has 
been assumed by General Grant, this occurring on the 
fourth day of the preceding March. The incumbent 
having been the main factor in successfully terminating 
the war of the rebellion, his fame and acknowledged 
worth fill not only tlie hearts of his countrymen with 
grateful emotions, but also the entire civilized world, for 
he has accomplished that which heretofore had been 
deemed an impossibility, hence he was almost unani- 
mously elected to the highest office in the gift of the people. 

Meanwhile General Duke Steele, having been an effi- 
cient leader in the Confederate service, now that the 
strife was ended, generously gave adherence to the 
Federal Government. The president's attention directed 
to this fact, he fully recognized the general's worth and 
ability, and upon the earnest solicitation of fi'iends, nom- 
nominated him for an exhalted position: nona other than 
that of minister to a foreign court. 

Bessie Perkins, still residing with her aunt in the city 
of New York, has deeply mourned and grieved for the 
loss of father and lover, though it might be difficult to tell 
for which of the two she grieved the most. While the 
recipient of fortune's favors in the form of numberless 
gallant lovers, accomiianied by offers of marriage, slie 



880 GENERAL DUKE STEELE AS FOREIGN MINISTER. 

still remained true to her old love, as she scarcely for a 
moment doubted his return, though the hoped for, longed 
for, prayed for event was being long delayed. In fact Bessie 
had good ground for her hope. She had been able to 
trace Nelly's home through Herman's descriptions, and 
had written to her for information of her lover. In 
answer, she had learned the supposed fate of her father 
and his companions as communicated to 'Nelly by Carrie 
Foster. 

One morning Bessie awaiting the summons to break- 
fast, the Daily Journal was thrown into the hall. Pick- 
ing it up and hastily glancing along the well filled col- 
umns, her eye chanced to light on the following para- 
graph : 

" We are pleased to make mention of the fact that 
General Duke Steele, late of the Confederate army, has 
been appointed by the president minister to one of the 
South American States. 

Taking but a moment to digest the above fact, Bessie 
bounding from her seat hastened to her aunt's presence, 
her step light, eyes sparkling, every lineament of her 
winsome face aglow with pleasing emotions, exclaiming 
in joyous tones: "Oh auntie, see here, General Duke 
Steele, late an officer of the Confederate army, as this 
article states, has been appointed by President Grant to a 
foreign mission, whatever that may mean, away oft' some- 
where in South America. Auntie, I'm just dying to go 
and will, so there. I'm sure I'll find papa and Herman." 

" Why, you silly child," remonstrated her aunt, " the 
ship in which General Steele sails will not go within a 
thousand miles of the island in question." 

" Oh fie, auntie, I did not think it possible for you to 
tell a fib, yet you've convicted yourself of that enor- 
mity in the. two words 'child' and 'silly,' for as you must 
know I'm twenty-three, if a day, and as to being silly, 
why I am directly the opposite, which means wise, don't 
it, auntie ? " 



GENERAL DUKE STEELE A3 FOREIGN MINISTER. 381 

" Wise as a serpent, as the good book sajs, though 
this couldn't have referred to the one that beguiled our 
mother Eve, for he was forever getting some one into a 
scrape. But I don't care for that, as something, may be 
the spirits, whisper in my ear ' Bessie you'll be success- 
ful, go ahead,' and that's just what I'll do ; nothing more 
or less, than write this very day begging the general to 
tell me from what port he sails, when the important 
event takes place, and if I may go with him." 

Relieving herself somewhat from the weighty matter, 
Bessie sat down to her breakfast, eating but little, how- 
ever, as her overjoyed feelings seemed to have quite 
taken away her appetite. Soon thereafter rising from 
the table, she hastened to her room, gathering together 
writing material, and penned one of her characteristic 
epistles. 

The general, arriving at his home from the little vil- 
lage of Oxford, hurried to the hall of his residence 
where he found Nelly awaiting him. 

"Nelly dear," he said, "here's a letter I've just 
received from New York. Read it and tell me what 
you think of it," which Nelly immediately did. 

" Oh, Duke, won't that be glorious ! " exclaimed the 
enthusiastic Nelly, upon finishing the letter. " Bessie is 
a lovely girl, I know by the way she writes, and then, 
too, she loves my dear brother. That will be jolly. 
Yes, let her go with us." 

" Why, of course," answered Duke, " only I'm afraid." 

" Afraid of what? " quoth Nelly. 

" Why you know, you foolish girl, you might get. 
that is to say, jealous." 

" Fiddlesticks ! Jealous ! Why, I've a good mind, as 
Mammy Cloe used to say to Eph, ' to pull yo years.' 
Here's pen, ink and paper. So sit right down and 
answer Bessie's letter — or stay, shall I ? " 

" Yes," replied Duke, " that will be the better way, 
probably save trouble in the long run." 

" Doubtless," said Nelly, a trifle sarcastic, " but you 
best go about your business while I collect my thoughts, 



382 PREPARING FOR THE VOYAGE. 

as you great men say. There! That will do. No more 
kisses just now. I've more important business on hand," 
continued Nelly, then taking a seat at the desk, she 
wrote a favorable answer to Bessie's letter. 



44 



CHAPTER LVI. 

PREPARING FOR THE VOYAGE. 

A UNTZ, this is just too lovely for anything I 



exclaimed the everjoyed Bessie, who having 

received and read Nelly's answer, handed it to her aunt, 
with the remark: " I must pitch in and get ready. Let's 
see. This is the 12th. The Good Hope sails on the 16th. 
Just four days in which to prepare for a journey, lasting 
for aught I know, a half year. Hip, hip, hurrah ! 
Auntie, I'm off','' broke from the lips of the high spirited 
young lady in no constrained tones, as she danced about 
the room in great glee until nearly exhausted in the 
effort to work off an extra exuberance of spirits. 

Then gradually calming down, she pitched in with 
such unwonted zeal that the evening of the 15th found 
her trunks packed, and still more to the purpose, well 
strapped, in readiness for the morrow's departure. 

On the following morning, shortly after breakfast, a 
neat little feminine note was handed her by a messenger 
bo}'-, dispatched from the Fifth Avenue Hotel, which read : 

" Bessie, here we are. Just arrived. Run over. 

"Nelly." 

And run over she did, in such haste, that very soon 
she found herself clasped in the loving embrace of her 
prospective sister-in-law. 

The ladies now meeting for the first time, it is need- 
less to say, were mutually attracted, from which fact 
they fell as deeply in love as it is ever possible for those 



PREPARING FOR THE VOYAGE. 383 

of the like sex to do, causing Nelly to say to lier lius- 
band — Bessie meantime returning to her home with the 
injunction to be in readiness, as a carriage would call for 
her at an early hour of the afternoon — " I don't blame 
brother Herman one bit for falling in love with the dear 
girl, for I don't see how he could have helped it." 

Precisely at the moment the hand of the clock pointed 
to the hour of four, a hack approached the residence of 
Bessie's aunt. After a tearful farewell, the tears mostly 
on the part of the aunt, for Bessie was in too high 
spirits to show signs of deep grief, she ere long found 
herself ascending to the deck of the ship destined to 
bear her to unknown seas and foreign climes ; the honor- 
able minister of foreign affairs, with Nelly by his side, 
in waiting to give the maiden a hearty welcome. The 
ship's bell clanged in solemn warning for those who do 
not sail to step on shore while those of the passengers 
who yet linger, bidding friends and relatives a last I'are- 
well, are admonished to hasten on board. Anon the 
broad bladed wheel at the stern set in motion, turning to 
the measured strokes of the engines' piston, gradually 
increases in speed. The great ship propelled thereby 
causes high rolling waves, which washing alongside, pro- 
claim in unmistakable terms that they are off and away. 
Thirty days had now passed, the vessel meantime making 
rapid progress, when the captain reported that the island 
v/here it was supposed the long lost men would be found, 
was distant not more than twenty-four hours' sail, " Yet 
in order to reach its shores I will be compelled,'' said he, 
" to head the ship in a direction some hundred or more 
miles from the. direct course," to which, however, he 
most generously consented, notwithstanding the many 
indignant protests of passengers who were naturally 
anxious to arrive at their destination in the shortest 
possible space of time. 

The island at length reached, the captain, accompan- 
ied by the minister, together with his wife and Bessie, 
were speedily landed, when to their grief and unbounded 
astonishment, it was found to be wholly deserted, while 



884 PREPARING rOR THE VOYAGE. 

the log cabin and out buildings still remained intact 
as well as a multitude of traces of its former occu- 
pants being discovered. It may be of interest iu this 
connection to state that shortly before setting out on the 
voyage, Herman had taken the precaution to trace, by 
the aid of a piece of charcoal, on the flat shining sur- 
face of the well-worn dining table, the cause of their ab- 
sence, as also the attending circumstances. Thus should 
any unforeseen emergency arise whereby their return 
might be delayed, possibly prolonged for all time to 
come, a record would be left showing to their friends or 
others who by chance were led that way the sad fate of 
the once happy islanders. Tliis record, when discovered, 
was found dated August 10th, 1865, more than three 
years previous to the arrival of the steamship Oood 
Bope, and her now nearly desperate passengers. From 
appearances it was plainly discernible that no human 
being, civilized or savage, had set foot on those shores 
during that whole period. The notice so roughly 
sketched stated the course they were to sail, so the 
general proposed putting the steamer on the same route 
for the space of a day or so, thinking meantime some- 
thing might turn up leading to the whereabouts of their 
missing friends. " Possibly," as he suggested, " they 
may have been cast on some more distant shore." The 
kind hearted captain, nothing loth to serve his distin- 
guished passenger and friend, readily agreed, so the vessel 
was again put on her course, heading to the north-west. 

It had without question been a sore trial to both 
Nelly and Bessie to find their brother and father so long 
absent from their delightful homes, and they feared 
some calamity must have befallen them, else they would 
most certainly have returned. 

The two girls roamed about the cabin and the little 
farm, tlie latter evidencing lack of care. The fields and 
garden were trampled and torn by wild beasts ; the pal- 
ings broken, often wholly destroyed, scarcely a vestige 
remaining of the heretofore luxuriously growing crops 
and flowering tropical plants once so carefully tended. 



PREPARING FOR THE VOYAGE. 885 

The little mill was also setn, though in a singularly 
dilapidated condition, and it grieved their poor hearts 
more than words could tell when looking upon these 
evidences of former prosperity, accomplished by so much 
labor and forethought, to find naught but ruin and de- 
parted grandeur. Still, as nothing could be done nor 
gained by further stay, they at length reluctantly de- 
parted, sorrowing, yet hopeful, again setting out in 
further quest of the lost ones. 

The passengers on board the Good Hope numbered 
not less than thirty souls, including women and children, 
nearly all of whom were becoming weary, more partic- 
ularly the little ones, as the journey had been of long 
duration, consequently tiresome and not a little trying, 
especially since entering the tropics, where the excessive 
heat at times was almost unbearable. So it can scarcely 
be a matter of wonder they should be desirous of reach- 
ing their homes, many of them residing at Rio de 
Janeiro, the first port to be touched. Yet, alas, that 
city was never to witness the arrival of any one of 
the number ; instead, the tumultuous sea was to be 
their winding sheet ; the raging wind and tempest their 
greeting ; the loud voiced thunder their requiem. 

The Oood Hope had been standing on her course for 
several hours, close watch being kept meantime, in hope 
of descrying some island shore. Our friends were 
gathered on deck in the shadow of the main sail, this 
warding off the fierce sun's rays, when suddenly Captain 
Straenborn called General Steele's attention to a black 
cloud lifting above the horizon, while at the same time 
the barometer was falling. Calling to his first mate, he 
said : 

" Mr. Jemison, order sail taken in at once, for we are 
on the verge of a storm, and if I'm not mistaken, a 
severe one," 

Ere a half hour had expired, the hitherto clear sky 

became overcast with heavy darkening clouds, the 

winds rose, sweeping over the sea in intermittent blasts, 

now and then dying away in mournful dirges to a 

24 



886 PREPARING FOR THE VOYAGE. 

dead calm, when suddenly came from out the heavens 
a vivid flash of lightning, succeeded on the instant by a 
crash of thunder, shaking tlie stout vessel from stem to 
stern, splinters flying in all directions. The foremast 
had been struck by the thunder-bolt and riven into 
fragments, the top and main-sail dropping to the deck. 
The captain now ordered all below, as a number of the 
awe-stricken passengers still remained on deck, silent 
spectators of the scene, several prostrated by the- con- 
cussion. When all were safely housed the hatches were 
tightly fastened down in readiness for the rain which 
would doubtless ere long pour upon them and which 
soon made its appearance in torrents, the deck becoming 
so densely flooded that several of the crew were nearly 
drowned. Now the waves lifted their white crested 
heads and rushing over the vessel in such masses it was 
feared she must inevitably be engulfed in the boiling 
sea. The ship's company gathered in the main cabin, 
powerless to avert the calamity, which seemed destined 
to overtake them, silently awaited their doom. Mean- 
while the tempest continued to increase in violence, the 
winds howling in defiance of any earthly power brought 
to bear against them. 

Swiftly driven from her course, the vessel at length 
failed to respond to the utmost efforts of the helmsman 
and the furnace fires were almost extinguished by the 
incoming floods, the Oood Hope pressing onward at the 
mercy of the raging elements. In this manner were 
passed three long hours, the captain in momentar}^ ex- 
pectation of his vessel's being completely swallowed up 
in the trough of the mighty billows, often times on the 
point of overweighting her decks to such a degree that 
nothing could prevent her from sinking. It was now 
estimated that the ship had been driven from her 
course many hundreds of miles, and while in the act 
of explaining this circumstance to General Steele there 
came to the ears of the captain the startling sound of 
breakers, followed by the crashing of timbers and the 
sudden halt of the vessel. 



PREPARING FOR THE VOYAGE. 887 

The smoke stack crashed to the deck, the unextin- 
guished fires flew from the mouths of the furnace. The 
ship was not only a wreck, but infinitely worse, on fire. 

" Mr. Jemison, lower away the boats," came in sten- 
torian tones from the captain, who stood in the midst 
of the passengers, many of whom were nearly wild with 
fright upon witnessing the appalling scenes. The cap- 
tain now raised the hatchway, thus giying those below 
free access to the outer air, of which they stood so much 
in need. "Let all prepare to take the boats, for I will 
not conceal from you the fact that as long as we remain 
on the wreck our danger is imminent," again shouted 
the captain. 

The boats were hastily lowered and as quickly filled, 
nearly all of the terrified people embarking, both pas- 
sengers and crew clinging to the frail craft as their only 
hope of salvation. The order to shove oft' was now 
given, yet the first boat to obey had scarcely moved 
a length away when it was capsized, its people cast into 
the surging sea, their terrified cries and heart-rending 
shrieks rising from out its depths. The second to shove 
off got well under way, yet in a few moments was lost 
sight of in the darkness, and now when the third and 
last was about to receive its precious living freight, the 
captain suddenly shouted : 

" Hold as you are ! " 

There yet remained the captain, Uriah Straenborn ; 
first mate, Peter Jemison ; foreign minister, General 
Steele, his wife Nelly, Bessie Perkins, and last, but not 
least, the colored youth Eph, who had accom pained 
Massa Geneial on the perilous expedition, partly from a 
love of adventure, but mainly because he would not, as 
he vowed, leave the one to whom he was so strongly 
attached. 

" Wha fo yo leab Eph behind? Yo hab nobody to 
brack yo boots. No, Massa Captin, Eph goes wid yo." 

This settled the question, so we now find poor Eph 
about as thoroughly frightened a darky as the most 
inveterate foe of the colored race might wish to see. 



388 PREPARING FOR THE VOYAGE. 

Captain Stiaenboni now explained to the general the 
cause of his recalling the boat, urging that he believed 
the occupants of the craft just left had perished through 
being overturned by sunken reefs and rocks surrounding 
them on all sides. " Such being the case," he continued, 
" 'twould be sheer madness for us to run the same risks, 
therefore I propose we take the chances of remaining as 
we are for the present at least." 

So under his direction all went to work with a will in 
the endeavor to extinguish the flames, which as yet 
having made but little headway, were soon brought 
under control. The sea still ran high, breaking over 
the bulwarks of the doomed vessel, now and then one 
of larger proportions making sad havoc with the more 
vulnerable parts of the wTeck, thus confirming the cap- 
tain's opinion, that the ship's days, possibly hours, were 
numbered, while it was the general impression that she 
was liable to go to pieces at any moment. 

A long and anxious period of suspense intervened, 
accompanied by serious thought and painful forebodings, 
until at length the light of breaking day appeared, 
shortly after which the sun rose in a clear sky. The 
waves beat less furiously against the sides of the crushed 
hull of the once proud steamship Good Eope^ stranded 
on the identical rocks that witnessed, more than two 
hundred years before, the destruction of the Colonial 
ship Starlight. 

" General, what is that I see away over to the west? " 
spoke Captain Straenborn, who for some little time had 
been thoughtfully scanning the horizon. 

General Steele, after casting his eye in the direction 
indicated, meanwhile prolonging his gaze for some 
moments, suddenly broke out with the single exclama- 
tion: 

" It's land." 

The sun was now well risen, gradually mounting 
higlier in the heavens, the atmospliere crisp and bracing; 
thus hope began to assert its sway in every heart. 

The captain now proceeded to examine the wreck in 



PREPARING FOR THE VOYAGE. 389 

its every part, finally declariBg tlie vessel could in any 
event bold together but little longer. "Yet," be con- 
tinued, " sbould tbe wind continue to grow less and the 
waves still, I am in hopes we may meanwhile be able to 
devise some plan wliereby to reach yon distant shore." 

" But what are we to do ? " suggested the general, 
while endeavoring to maintain a foothold on the upheaved 
deck, Nelly and Bessie standing near, both of whom 
had shown admirable courage during the trying scene 
of the past night. 

Before replying to the general's question Captain 
Straenborn again went below, with the intent of making 
a more thorough examination, soon appearing with 
good news. " While the hold is badly shattered and 
broken in nearly every part, yet," said he, " I have 
concluded that from being cast so high above the water, 
tbe waves consequently dashing with less power against 
her sides, she may hold out for an hour, possibly longer. 
Yet I cannot deny that we are in great danger, nor hold 
out much hope of deliverance from our perilous situation." 

"But," quoth the general, "we still have our boat, let 
us take to that," 

" Aye, aye," replied tbe captain, " while it is quite 
true we have, as you say, still one boat, yet of what 
avail, for do you not see, we are surrounded, and that 
farther than the eye can reach, by reefs and rocks in the 
midst of which no craft of whatever kind would live 
^n instant!" 

The heretofore hazy atmosphere had now cleared, the 
morning fogs totally disappearing, when looking away 
to the now plainly discerned shores of the not distant 
island, a strange sight appeared, one that brought 
renewed hope to each heart, aye, a sight to gladden 
eyes that otherwise must ere long have been closed in 
everlasting sleep, 

A long, narrow, raft-like craft was seen putting off, 
from which rose, floating upward in the still atmosphere, 
a dense cloud of steam, while from the top of a tall 
mast waved the stars and stripes, causing an exclama- 



390 PREPARING FOR THE VOYAGE. 

tion of surprise, mingled with the most intense joy, to 
spring from every heart. 

" What under the sun ! " broke from the general. " A 
craft propelled by steam, sailing under the stars and 
stripes, tlie flag of the Union, and this, too, away off in 
these remote seas and barbarous lands 1 " 

" Why, General, I am not only surprised, but simply 
astounded ! " ejaculated Captain Straenborn. " Yet see, 
they head this way !" 

Aye, the captain was right, for head in their direction 
they did, coming on with fair headway on the heaving 
billows, pufis of steam rising at regular intervals, indi- 
cating the pulsation of the piston-rod of a steam engine. 
An hour now passed, meanwhile the craft continuing to 
approach, until at length arriving within hailing distance, 
a voice broke forth in cheery tones : 

"Ship ahoy! What craft is that, or rather, I should 
say, wreck." 

This question was replied to by the captain : 

" The United States Government Steamer Oood Hope^ 
stranded as you see," he answered. 

" All right ! Be of good cheer, we will soon take 
you off, as you will see." 

The singular looking craft now came alongside, puff- 
ing and blowing, as though desirous of giving vent to 
its pent up energies now for the first time put forth to 
extricate the ill-starred castaways- from a watery grave. 

A stout cable was passed from the wreck, which was 
quickly secured by the steam craft, followed by the 
climbing up the sides of the shattered hull of a young, 
bronzed, bearded man and another of middle age, by 
whose side appeared a pleasant ebony face, from whose 
wide mouth broke in eager tones : 

" Fo de Lawd, Massa Captain, we is jess in time." 

Yes, our good old friend Caesar spoke but the truth, 
for ere a little time should elapse, naught would be 
seen of the Oood Hope save a few broken timbers, 
shattered masts and bulwarks. 

The erstwhile gallant General Duke Steele, now the 



PREPARING FOR THE VOYAGE. 891 

duly accredited minister of foreign affairs, had arrived 
at an wholly unlooked for destination. As a nation's 
diplomat his career had ingloriously terminated ; as a 
future benefactor to his race and friends, it was about to 
commence. 

Herman Baxter, heretofore an alleged, nevertheless 
convicted criminal, we now introduce as the principal 
personage, central figure and governmental head of a 
populous island community. 'Not only this, but has 
most unexpectedly, (shall we say providentially ?) met his 
first and only true love, Bessie Perkins ; Nelly, a long 
lost brother; the captain, an only and well beloved 
daughter. Aye, a daughter one might well say among a 
thousand, as what other would have possessed the forti- 
tude, the bravery and the noble self-sacrificing spirit, 
required to set out on a voyage attended by so much 
discomfort, fraught with so many perils, in an effort 
looking to the rescue of the two most valued beings 
on earth, a father and lover ? "A silly child," her aunt 
had said! Anyhow, be this as it may, she has fulfilled 
her mission ; realized her dreams and accomplished her 
object, though one might say, in an indirect manner. 
This, however, she cares little about, as clasping a hand 
of each in tender joyous solicitude and warm hearted 
greeting, she can scarcely repress her emotions. Yet we 
must for the present pass by the singular meeting of 
these long separated friends, simply remaiking it was not 
only a strangely impressive, but most happy scene. 

" God be praised I " piously ejaculated Herman at the 
conclusion of the necessarily limited, though happy 
greetings. Are these mysterious events never to have 
an ending? Really I am almost inclined to the belief 
in miracles whatever scientists may avow to the con- 
trary. Yet," he continued, " we must leave congratu- 
lations and mutual explanations for the present, and 
hurry from this wreck, as from what I can judge by 
appearances, it will hold together but little longer." 

The ladies were immediately placed on board the 
unique craft, followed by the remainder of the party, the 



392 CIVIL WAR INAUGURATED. 

engine started, and they were off to encounter scenes 
both new and strange ; their future world one little 
anticipated when setting out on the eventful journey. 
Well it was that their departure from the stranded 
vessel was not delayed, for ere half the distance Avas 
traversed, the wreck was seen to break up and disappear, 
swallowed up in the deep waters of the sea. 

" A most timely rescue from an awful death," coolly 
remarked the captain. 

All the skill at command was required to bring the 
heavily weighted craft to its destination ; but under the 
management and skillful guidance of the pilot, assisted 
by his brave crew, they were soon safely landed, an 
event scarcely consummated, when from the fortress on 
the heights above thundered forth a joyous welcome, 
responded to by the enthusiastic cheers of the happy 
ones below, while from the topmost pinnacle waved 
the stars and stripes, with this difference, that whereas 
on the one displayed to the gaze of the captain, Herman 
and Caesar three years previous, there were only 
thirteen stars, there were on the present banner thirty- 
eight. Aye, there before their very eyes floated 
the sacred emblem of their country's glory, the flag 
of the Union. As a fitting prelude to the entrance of 
the little shipwrecked band to the town, an escort of 
thirty men, under arms, was observed drawn up in 
stately array on either side of the open gateway of the 
fortress, whose walls towered high in the air, betoken- 
ing both strength and safety. 



CHAPTER LYII. 

CIVIL WAR INAUGURATED. 



AT a previous leavetaking, our island community 
were in active preparations for war. The gov- 
ernor had called upon his adherents to sustain him 
in a proposed conflict, with, or rather against progress. 



CIVIL WAR INAUGURATED. 393 

as exemplified in the person of the schoohuaster, 
Herman Baxter, the latter upheld and about to be 
sustained in his teachings by Gamahil, the scribe, 
who, as the recognized leader of the opposition, 
numbering nearly two-thirds of the whole people, had 
placed himself at their head, thus throwing down the 
gauntlet in defiance of the government. As some 
portion of the soldiery manifested a disposition to 
fraternize with the followers of Gamahil, the governor 
became at length forced to the conclusion that he was 
conlronted by a foe not to be despised, so it would seem 
that in the event of actual conflict, his destiny pointed 
to defeat. Look in whatever direction he would, the 
conclusion was strengthened from the fact that on the 
first attempt at coercion, notably the act of seizing the 
school-teacher, the government troops were not only 
outnumbered, but actually beaten. At this juncture it 
was deemed the wiser course on the part of the govern- 
ment to prolong the contest if possible, as at this time 
they were actively engaged in preparing munitions of 
war, by way of casting cannon, balls and shot, also manu- 
facturing gunpowder, all of which the opposition was 
debarred from, unless they should be able to gain 
possession of the foundry, now in the hands of the 
government officers. The far seeing scribe was inclined, 
as in the case of a far more noted general, to " push 
things," and this he soon did with much vigor. The 
government meantime clearly discerning the outcome 
should they fall to blows, prepared articles for negotia- 
tion looking to conditional surrender. But Gamahil, 
being too powerful to listen to argument, so insisted 
upon making it unconditional, that the government was 
at length constrained to submit. 

The popular feeling now rose high in favor of the 
strangers, the majority, more especially the younger 
class, favoring a change in the government tending to 
the progress and enlightenment of the community. So it 
came to pass that a general election was held, resulting 
in placing on the throne no less a personage than our 



894 CIVIL WAR INAUGURATED. 

old friend Baxter, the schoolmaster. Thus was confer- 
red upon the young enthusiast the highest office within 
the gift of the people, the aged incumbent retiring to pri- 
vate life, yet it would be hardly safe to say without 
regret. Thus was settled for all time to come, the 
question of heredity as to the governorship, also one of 
far greater moment, tliat of enlightenment and progress. 

One of the first steps taken by Governor Baxter, was 
that of choosing a council more in harmony with the 
general policy of the new administration. Other and 
presumably better laws were enacted, at all events better 
adapted to the present wants of the community, so that 
now under the leadership of an educated, progressive 
spirit, the affairs of the colony were not only funda- 
mentally changed, but in a fair way of assuming a more 
elevated character. 

A more thorough and comprehensive system of for- 
tifications, tending to a better defence of the colony, was 
inaugurated, yet scarcely completed, when a most sud- 
den, though not wholly unlooked for event occurred, 
threatening its very existence, and which, but for the 
wise forethought and prompt movements of the ener- 
getic governor, would have terminated the colony's ca 
reer, no other than a raid by the savage foe with an im- 
mense and powerful force. 

Three years have passed in quick succession since the 
attack of the savages, the close of the third year wit- 
nessing the arrival of the survivors of the wrecked 
steamship Good Hope. 

The affairs of the colony have greatly prospered under 
the regime of the newly elected governor, whose trained 
intellect has been brought to bear on the affairs of the 
government, tending to the improvement and general 
weal of the community. The hitherto turbulent fac- 
tions were harmonized and thorovTghly united, while 
" peace and good-will to men" reigned sui)reme. Mean- 
while the governor, in co-operation with the noted 
inventor, has successfully mastered the steam engine; 
resulting in the propulsion of railway cars, mills, found- 



CIVIL WAR INAUGURATED. 395 

eries; in short, in whatever direction motive power is 
required. Steam has usurped the place formerly occu- 
pied by the wind. Telegraphic communication with the 
outlying districts has, after repeated efforts, resulted in 
success, while steam navigation in the form of rafts so 
constructed as to float lightly over the rooky seas, is 
taken in hand, though it is the general opinion that it is 
wholly impracticable to attempt to navigate any great 
distance from shore, giving rise to the unpleasant thought 
that the prospect of ever leaving the rock-begirt island 
is exceedingly slim. 

Upon the advent of our friends of the Good Hope^ 
Ca33ar was overjoyed to meet Bph, as one of his own 
race and color. Caesar had become a prime favorite 
among all classes and ages, and Eph would doubtless 
in good time become no less so, for he was equally good 
natured, with a disposition to please those with whom 
he came in contact. 

One can scarcely realize, much less estimate, the ex- 
tent of rejoicing occasioned by the reunion of these 
long separated friends, a true union of hearts, destined 
at no distant day to be followed by a union of hands in 
the case of two at least. 

In an interview held with his time honored friend 
and classmate, Duke Steele, shortly after his arrival, 
the governor learned the sources from whence originated 
all his past troubles. He told him of the complic- 
ity of the Confederate agents, Ephraim Stroud and 
Cyrus Jones, the concoctors of the diabolical plot to rid 
themselves of the presence of both Herman Baxter 
and Duke Steele, then secure Nelly and through her the 
estate of her father ; the flight of Duke, his entrance 
into the employ of the Confederate government, his 
subsequent army career and rapid promotion ; the pros- 
ecution of the war for four long years ; the emanci- 
pation of the slaves; Duke's capture and confinement by 
the guerillas ; the triumph of tlie Union cause ; his 
marriage to Nelly ; appointment to the foreign mission ; 
correspondence with Bessie Perkins ; voyage of the 



396 CIVIL WAR INAUGURATED. 

Good Hope with attending incidents, and lastly the 
wreck of the noble ship, all but the latter portion of the 
narrative being news of so astounding a nature the gov- 
ernor could hardly give it credence. 

In return, Herman related his own adventures, which 
it is needless to say, were of a no less startling nature. 
In conclusion the two friends agreed that few persons 
had ever been so buffeted and knocked about the world 
as they. "However," as the general said, "all's well 
that ends well. I am afraid though," he continued, 
" that President Grant will find himself under the painful 
necessity of sending out a second minister of foreign 
affairs, as my mission evidently lies in another direction, 
and possibly Bessie was right when questioning whether 
the duties devolving upon me were those of minister or 
missionary, the latter vocation doubtless fitting my pres- 
ent position, anyliow in regard to our neighbors, the 
dark skinned heathen, better than the former." 

The nuptials of the governor and Bessie were in due 
time celebrated, the captain giving his daughter away to 
his esteemed friend, in true sailor fashion. So we now find 
the governor and Bessie, the foreign minister and Nelly, 
under one roof, residing at the official mansion, heretofore 
"ye tabernacle," happy in the enjoyment of agreeable 
companionship. The captain meanwhile was not for- 
gotten, an elegant apartment having been set apart for 
his. execlusive use, where he generally found consola- 
tion in his pipe. Caesar was general factotum and man 
of business for the governor, while Eph performed like 
services for " Massa General." 

The island presented at this time a most charming 
appearance, a considerable portion highly cultivated, 
under the most approved system of latter day agricul- 
ture, while the school flourished to an uncommon degree. 

A large and better appointed church edifice had been 
erected, its lofty spire pointing heavenward, while the 
social system of former days was still largely in vogue, 
as argued the governor, " It is neither imperative nor 
at all times wise to change old things to new." 



CIVIL WAR INAUGURATED. 397 

An improved waterworks system was also under way, 
the object not only to afford a better quality than at 
present attainable, but also as the town was acquiring 
such large proportions, an increased supply. Thus in 
the event of a conflagration, they would be the better 
prepared to meet the exigency, to which end an arte- 
sian well had been sunk near to the centre of the public 
square, proving as was commonly believed, adequate for 
all future needs. 

The construction of a fire engine was also under con- 
templation ; an improvement estimated by the governor 
of such vital importance that Sparks, the inventor, was 
urged to set about the work at the earliest possible 
moment. 

A fire brigade, already organized, Captain Perkins at 
its head, were holding frequent meetings for the purpose 
of acquiring a practical knowledge of the methods in 
vogue as to the working of a machine of the above char- 
acter. 

One other, and possibly a more serious change of 
affairs, affecting the welfare of the colony, at this time 
under consideration by the governor, was that of organ- 
izing a new town. At a somewhat extended consulta- 
tion held with the council, the governor had broached 
the subject, plainly stating his reason for this innovation 
on their former custom in relation to the matter in ques- 
tion. Basing his argument on the fact that the culti- 
vated area of land was becoming of such extent, the popu- 
lation at the same time increasing so rapidly, thus neces- 
sitating more time than seemed advisable in traveling 
back and forth, to say nothing of transporting the prod- 
ucts of the soil to so great a distance, he said he 
believed it for the good of the whole community that a 
change in this direction should not only be favorably 
considered, but taken in hand with the least possible 
delay. 

Upon listening to the suggestions of the governor, the 
council unanimously fell in with the project, when soon 
after a site was selected, lying on the main line of railway 



CIVIL WAR INAUGURATED. 

and some ten miles distant from the present town, and 
work commenced in laying it out. 

As a preliminary step, however, it was deemed advis- 
able that a governing head be selected for the new town, 
and as General Steele seemed the prime favorite, that 
gentleman was honored by being chosen for the position. 

lie replied that having served for nearly four years in 
the Confederate army, which taken in connection with 
the arduous labors pertaining to the office of foreign 
minister, had quite worn him out. He begged therefore 
to be excused, preferring an unostentatious life, free from 
the cares and vexations incident to the charge of public 
affairs. 

"Pardon me," replied the governor, "surely I had 
quite forgotten the immense obligation your country 
has laid itself under in consideration of the masterly 
tact displayed and services rendered by you in so skill- 
fully carrying out its instructions by arranging those 
affairs in dispute for so long a time existing between 
your own governmeut and the foreign court to which 
you were accredited." 

" Aye, my dear General, we must of a verity excuse 
you and look elsewhere for a fit representative where- 
with to fill the exalted station your eminent abilities so 
well qualify you to sustain." 

So casting about, the governor's attention was at 
length directed to, and his mind settled on his old friend 
the captain, who avowed he was not only willing to, but 
did gracefully accept the coveted post of honor, even 
though devoid of emoluments. 

His wife Sarah, the scribe's daughter, to whom he 
had been married a short time previous, comforted her- 
self by the reflection, that while she could not be the 
" First lady of the land, " as the governor's wife, she 
would do the next best thing, officiate in the capacity of 
second. 

Now that his daughter Bessie was with him, Captain 
Perkins seemed more happy and contented than ever in 
the seclusion and agreeable surroundings of his island 



THE FUTURE WELFARE OF THE COLONY. 899 

home, yet not to such a degree as to be unwilling to 
accept the nearer and dearer companionship of one of 
the opposite sex. So be had some time previous taken 
to wife Sarah, the scribe's daughter, who in the after- 
time proved not only a good help-mate, but a wise coun- 
sellor and judicious housekeeper, though much younger 
than her husband. 

The time set for the return of the Oood Hope had 
long since expired, and as nothing had been heard of 
the vessel or the whereabouts of the foreign minister, 
it was currently believed that the vessel had experi- 
enced some overwhelming disaster and the minister 
had miserably perished, so it became incumbent upon the 
president to appoint a successor, which was accordingly 
done, attended by happier results, as the diplomat 
reached his destination in safety. 



CHAPTEK LYIII. 

THE FUTURE WELFARE OF THE COLONY. 

fl'^^HE course of thrilling adventures and stirring 
I events heretofore recorded bring us to the year 
1870, the governorship of the colony still remaining in 
the hands of Herman Baxter, though by an ordinance 
previously passed, the system of heredity has become 
obsolete, yet in the main the old colonial laws still 
remained in force. 

The founding of the new town has proven a wise and 
thoughtful measure, as under the control and guidance 
of Captain Perkins, assisted by his energetic wife, the 
captain's pipe taking up a goodly portion of his time, it 
has flourished uncommonly well. New lands have 
been added and brought under cultivation and several 
houses erected, the town now boasting of more than two 
hundred inhabitants. 

At the time of General Steele's appointment, entail- 



400 THE FUTURE WELFARE OF THE COLONY. 

ing departure from his native land, the president's term 
of office was half expired, and in the event of the oppo- 
sition gaining the ascendency, which was not improb- 
able, the general would doubtless be recalled. So when 
accepting an appointment to the high position he had 
felt less concern about leaving in other hands the man- 
agement of the large estate inherited by his wife. Yet 
little did either dream when setting out on the ill starred 
voyage that he was not to fill the office of minister to a 
foreign court nor return to his home on the Rappahan- 
nock. 

One day the general, in company with the governor, 
was sitting in the cozy private office of the latter en- 
gaged in conversation mainly regarding the affairs of the 
community. The general, who for some little time had 
remained silent, evidently in serious contemplation of 
some matter of more than usual importance, suddenly 
broke the silence, saying : 

" Governor, do you never long for a sight of your old 
Virginia home; a home made sacred by the saintly hfe 
of your mother and a father whose memory, enshrined 
in the liearts of all, can never be forgotten ? You are of 
course aware that the plantation and all connected with 
the estate was left by the will of your father to be divided 
equally between yourself and. Nelly, and now that the 
institution of slavery is a thing of the past ; the South 
re-constructed on the basis of liberty and equal rights, 
I will not say fraternity, regardless of race or color ; I 
am of the opinion that landed property must become 
greatly enhanced in value, and this I may say was also 
the settled conviction of your father, who, while he was 
a slave holder, was ever a bitter opponent of its prin- 
ciple. 

" Again, there will doubtless set in a large emigration 
from the North, encouraged in part by the warmer 
climate, measurably from friendly affiliation with the 
Southern people, engendered by closer acquaintanceship 
during the many years of the war ; a people whom all 
have been forced to admit and recognize, regardless of 



THE FUTURE WELFARE OF THE COLONY. 401 

political bias, as generous and warm hearted. Thus the 
Union, re-united, I believe will take on an unwonted 
degree of prosperity, marked by unanimity of purpose 
and good feeling ; and, as for myself, I must own that I 
feel like taking a hand in the up-building of the now 
prosperous nation. What say you, Governor '/ " 

The governor, who had remained a passive though 
attentive listener to the very sensible remarks of his old 
friend, being thus appealed to, replied in substance as 
follows : 

" Well, General, to be candid with you, at the same 
time fully appreciating what you have said, I have to 
a certain extent, I might say wholly, during the past 
six years of my life, made a ' virtue of necessity.' I 
couldn't do otherwise, in fact, for if I havn't been a 
creature of circumstances, what under the sun have I 
been ? Placed in situations of the most urgent peril, I 
could but fall in with the current leading me whereso- 
ever it would. I was, as one might say, helpless to 
change its course or stem the tide at times nearly over- 
whelming me, and even now, I see no way of bettering 
our condition, if changing it were possible, or even 
advisable, which I question. As you well know, 
General, I was by force of circumstances impelled to 
these shores, where situated in the midst of plenty, my 
life has thus far been happy. Why then should I long for 
more ? Yet I am free to confess, I do often times indulge 
in the hope of again looking on the old plantation home, 
notwithstanding so many of its dearest ties are broken 
never to be again united. Yet I am fain to believe my 
regrets are less for the loss of home than of country ; but, 
my friend, how immeasurably better off are we here than 
perchance we might be there? Furthermore, I have 
thought, studied, aye, dreamed, again and again, of the 
possibility of navigating these rock begirt seas without 
coming to any satisfactory conclusion, certainly no 
result. So I have about ceased giving further thought 
to the matter." ■ 

" But, Governor, I am convinced I see a way out 
2o 



402 THE FUTUKK WELFARE OF THE COLONY. 

of the difficulty. Have you never, in all your cogi- 
tations, had the idea occur to your mind of balloon- 
ing?" 

" Well," replied the governor, " as to that, I can't say 
that I've given the subject much thought. Yet I can- 
not well deny it has occurred to me ; still the project has 
seemed so chimerical, that I've believed it scarcely 
worthy of consideration." 

" On the contrary," interposed the general, " I believe 
it entirely feasible, so mucli so in fact that I can hardly 
conceive why it should not have been thought of long 
before this. 

" Why, do you know, Governor, that during the late 
civil war in America, the balloon was extensively used 
by the Federals, and I very well remember that 
shortly after the battle of Antietam, when we were 
camped in the rear of Shepardstown on the Virginia 
shore of the Potomac, scarcely a day passed that a 
balloon was not seen high in air." 

"A capital target I'll warrant," suggested the gov- 
ernor. 

"Well as to that," continued the general, "our boys 
often tried a shot, but the distance and elevation were 
both too great, so I don't think one ever took effect. 
However, to come to the point, a great many aerial voy- 
ages have been attempted in various portions of the 
world, usually attended with c6m})lete success ; thou- 
sands of leagues traversed, extensive additions to science 
made thereby. Now, Governor, I believe we can do the 
same, and why not? We have looms for weaving the 
cloth, means for generating hydrogen gas, hemp for 
cordage, and what is more, lots of grit. Furthermore, 
everything heretofore attempted has been achieved. I 
say, let's try the scheme. 

" All right," answered his friend, " I see no harm in 
trying, as should failure follow, there will be little lost. 
So I'll confer with Sparks — yet stay, you had better 
attend to the affair, being more familiar with its work- 
ings." 



THE FUTURE WELFARE OF THE COLONY. 403 

Taking time by tlie forelock and the governor at his 
word, the general took occasion to visit Sparks, whom 
he found as usual busy with some new invention. 
Breaking in upon him quite abruptly, scarcely waiting 
to knock at the door or to be told to come in, the 
general at once broached the subject, greatly to the 
astonishment of his hearer, who was loth to believe the 
air could be navigated. However, upon the plan being 
laid before him, accompained by the assurance that the 
question of ballooning was no longer an experiment but 
an actual fact, he agreed to do his best by following out 
the general's suggestions. So the work was at once 
taken in hand. 

It may be of interest in this connection to state that 
some three years previous, a plant bearing a striking 
resemblance to cotton had been discovered in a wild 
uncultivated portion of the island, which by successful 
propagation had developed an excellent substitute, if not 
the real -article itself. 

Upon this fact becoming a surety, steps were taken to 
utilize the plant in the way of goods more suitable and 
better adapted to the climate than those of woolen here- 
tofore worn. To which end apparatus was designed for 
separating the seeds from the fibre, spinning Jennys and 
looms invented, all of which were now set in motion. 

The most skilled and rapid seamstresses were set to 
work sewing the long seams, while others devoted their 
time to cordage. Saltpetre or nitre abounded in portions 
of the island. Meantime the skill of the learned gov- 
ernor being brought to bear, acids were produced there- 
■from whicli in combination with iron filings, gas in 
unlimited supply was generated. Yet the stern fact 
could not be overlooked that the construction of an aerial 
machine of the size and quality required in unskilled 
hands must from necessity involve an undertaking of 
unwonted magnitude. However by persevering applica- 
tion, accompanied by many discouragments and puzzlings 
of the brain, it at length became an accomplished fact. 



404 THE FUTURE WELFARE OF THE COLONY. 

Leaving our island friends for a time, we now return 
to those in whom we are for the moment the most in- 
terested, at their distant American homes. 

The war of the rebellion was ended, the famous 
Appomatox apple-tree witnessing the surrender of the 
Confederate forces, the volunteer soldiers had returned 
to their long neglected families, slavery was abolished, 
the South reconstructed on the basis of liberty and 
equality and the wheels of progress again set in motion 
with several new spokes added. 

However, the interest of the story now mainly centres 
in those characters who have remained with us from the 
beginning, notably Carrie Foster, whose career of use- 
fulness as a Confederate spy ended on that fateful morn- 
ing when her lover, Cyril Blanchard, stood on the brink 
of the grave, but a single step lying between him and 
eternity. She had retired to her old home at Mont- 
gomery, where she remained in the enjoyment of a quiet 
if not especially agreeable life, until the close of the war, 
when Blanchard returning, they were soon married, 
ever after, as is presumed, living happily. 

The widow Steele has long and grievously mourned 
the loss of her son Duke and daughter Nelly, the dear- 
est of all on earth to her. Though quite aged, she still 
survives in the hope of once more meeting them ere 
death shall have set its seal on ber wrinkled brow. 

The Baxter estates, having fallen into good and trust- 
worthy hands, have largely increased in value, the net 
proceeds therefrom being placed in a local bank for safe 
keeping against the return of the rightful owners, though 
it is safe to say it will without doubt be a long time, if 
ever, ere they appear to lay claim thereto, in which 
event the State will probably be called upon to admin- 
ister the afifairs of the large and rapidly augmenting 
properties. 

Meantime our old friend, the Richmond lawyer, the 
Hon. John Richardson, believing it not only for his own 
welfare but to the interest of the community at large 
&9 well, has taken to himself a wife, from which fact, it 



TRIAL OF THE BALLOONS. 405 

is commonly expected the future census enumerator's 
labor will be in no- wise lessened. While sorely grieved 
to be compelled to give Nelly up to the keeping of 
General Duke Steele, he was comforted by the thought 
that she had fallen into good hands. 



CHAPTER LIX. 

TRIAL OF THE BALLOONS. 

WE took leave of our island friends when in active 
preparation for the trial trip of the great air 
ship, and as all was now in readiness, the day set for 
the inflating, as also the hour for ascension, an event 
naturally drawing together the whole people to witness 
this truly wondrous affair, the art of sailing in mid air. 
"For" said they, "as navigating the waters has proved 
an utter failure, will that of the air prove less so?" 
Anyhow the attempt was to be made, the outcome de- 
termined. 

So at the hour of four, on a bright summer afternoon, 
not a cloud dimming the azure vault of heaven, nor 
scarcely a breath of air stirring, the huge globe was in- 
flated to its full capacity. The governor, accompanied 
by his friend the general, was to make the preliminary 
venture, for, as the latter remarked, "having been the 
prime mover in the scheme, should disaster follow, I am 
the one to suffer," 

"And I the one to share it," observed the governor. 
So bidding a cheerful good-bye to anxious friends and the 
large crowd of wondering spectators, the two of&cials 
were soon seated in the light wicker basket swinging 
underneath. The signal was given to cut loose, when 
the balloon majestically rose in its upward flight, ascend- 
ing to a height of several hundred feet, followed by the 
enthusiastic cheers and wondering exclamations of the 
onlookers beneath. 



406 TRIAL OF THS BALLOONS. 

Owing to the stillness of the atmosphere, the ascen- 
sion was nearly perpendicular, the balloon descending 
after an hour's sailing not more than half a mile away. 
Upon again reaching the earth, the voyagers meantime 
having ascended to an altitude whereby objects were 
brought distinctly to view, not less than a hundred miles 
distant, reported smoke rising from out the sea, pre- 
sumably from an ocean steamer, a fact tending to much 
encouragement, as under favorable conditions a vessel of 
like character might be intercepted. 

The aeronauts were naturally overjoyed at the signal 
success attending this first attempt, more especially the 
general, who believed he now saw a way out of the 
difficulties heretofore lying in the path of reaching the 
banks of the Eappahannock. Still there could be little 
doubt that the governor's desires were more strongly 
enlisted in his friend's behalf than his own. However, 
they were both enthusiastic when describing the aerial 
adventure, notably the beauties of land and ocean. 
Brought to view from the height attained were the dis- 
tant islands, the home of their unscrupulous foe, the 
cannibal heathen, who on so many occasions had at- 
tempted their overthrow by force of numbers and savage 
stratagem. 

As the working of the aerial machine had proved en- 
tirely satisfactory on the first trial, it was unanimously 
resolved a voyage out to sea should be undertaken forth- 
with. Accordingly a light car was fashioned in form 
and structure similar to a boat, of strength and capacity 
equal to sustaining a considerable burden, so that in the 
event of some sudden or unlooked for casualty, they 
would be enabled to ride in comparative safety over the 
waters. There was also to be taken material for gener- 
ating hydrogen gas on board ship (should success attend 
their efforts in reaching the deck of a vessel,) thus 
assuring their return to their island home. 

Meantime, the governor was entertaining a secret 
hope of reaching Perkins Island in which event he 
would set about measures looking to the transporting 



TRIAL OF THE BALLOONS. 407 

thither a number of his people for the purpose of col- 
onizing those beautiful shores whereon three of the hap- 
piest years of his life had been spent, the scene also of 
Caesar's renowned exploits. However of this project he 
said nothing, not a hint even to his wife Bessie, and 
were the truth known, he was more fully bent on the 
carrying out of this scheme than upon a return to 
America. 

Arrangements for the contemplated lengthy aerial 
voyage were new pushed with vigor and not a little en- 
thusiasm on the part of the general. Nothing that 
could be thought of was wanting to assure both safety 
and comfort. 

To make the structure still more complete, its entire 
surface was covered with a thin transparent coating of 
an adhesive gum completely filling the pores of the finely 
woven cloth, thus avoiding the escape of the lighter air 
within, while provisions of good quality and sufficient 
in quantity, together with a generous supply of extra 
wraps and a powerful telescope, were placed on board. 
The governor, his attached friend Joshua and General 
Steele were the aeronauts. 

A change in that respect however, was at the last 
minute decided upon, for the governor, who had intended 
to accompany his friends, in fact had fully decided to 
do so, was at length prevailed upon to desist from what 
his wife Bessie termed " a most hazardous if not an un- 
wise undertaking." 

The general's wife Nelly also entertained secret mis- 
givings as to the result, but being made of sterner stuff 
than her sister-in-law, finally gave reluctant consent to a 
scheme fraught with so many dangers. 

Again the inflated balloon swung at its moorings, the 
neatly constructed car supported by overhanging nettings 
swinging beneath. 

The appointed hour had at length arrived, many 
anxious glances being cast around the sky by both friends 
and spectators of those about to jeopardize their lives in 
what was deemed by some a rash venture, more cape- 



408 TRIAL OF THE BALLOONS. 

cially, as during the last half hour threatening clouds 
were observed rising in the west, and should a tempest 
follow, or a high, wind even, the situation of the mid air 
voyagers would become perilous in the extreme. Yet as 
the general urged, " I have passed through so many 
trying scenes during my life and come off victorious that 
to allow myself to become faint hearted and abandon an 
enterprise on which I have set my heart would be, to say 
the least, foolish," 

In the meantime Joshua had climbed up and taken a 
seat in the car, meantime the general bidding good-bje, 
and good cheer to his tearful Nelly and other loved 
friends, was now about to ascend to the side of his com- 
panion, when on a sudden, a blast of wind struck the 
balloon tearing it from its fastenings, when with frightful 
velocity it ascended upward and outward to the sea, and 
ere the frightened spectators could well realize the per- 
ilous situation of their unfortunate friend, the great air 
ship had completely disappeared in the fast gathering 
gloom and darkness of the approaching storm. 

Two months later, the Hon. James Carew, standing 
on a Liverpool dock, became the sole witness of the 
arrival of a large ocean vessel from foreign parts. 

He gave the subject, however, no farther thought un- 
til on the following morning, when in quiet enjoyment 
of an after- breakfast cigar, he was comfortably seated in 
the reading-room of his hotel, complacently looking 
over the files of the daily papers, his eye chanced to rest 
on the subjoined paragraph. 

" The staunch ship Northumberland reached her dock 
yesterday afternoon from an uncommonly long and 
tempestuous voyage. Immediately upon being notified 
of her arrival, our naval reporter called on the captain, 
who related the following most singular occurrence 
which we give to our readers in his own words. Said he : 

*" When making fair headway in a certain latitude of 
the Southern hemisphere, the lookout stationed at the 



TRIAL OF THE BALLOONS, 409 

toast head, descried a strange object floating on the 
Btarboard tack and at some distance away. The sailor 
calling me and drawing my attention thereto, I at once 
ordered the ship ' hove to,' a boat lowered and dispatched 
toward the object indicated, which reached, proved to 
be a collapsed balloon, to which was attached a small 
boat. 

'"Within the boat was found lying prone on his back, 
his face upturned to the sky, a human being apparently 
some thirty years of age. At the first glance I believed 
life to have fled, but upon close examination he was 
found still breathing. The stranded balloon, together 
with its strange occupant, was at once conveyed to the 
ship and restoratives applied, when the nearly lifeless 
being partially regained consciousness, though remaining 
in a thoroughly dazed condition. 

" ' It would seem probable that from long continued ex- 
posure and fasting, combined with untold fright conse- 
quent upon his perilous situation, his senses have com- 
pletely deserted him, as he is wholly unable to give the 
least account of himself, in short his condition seemed 
to be that of a hopeless lunatic. His emaciated appear- 
ance suggests the idea that he had been imprisoned in 
the balloon-attached boat, buffeted by wind and wave, 
for several days, possibly weeks, the victim of starvation, 
as there are no signs of either food or drink, in which 
event his sufferings must have been severe and greatly 
prolonged. 

*' ' Upon searching his clothing, a most singular docu- 
ment was revealed, telling about a lost colony whose 
history extends back for the long period of two hundred 
years, proof of which, if indeed such were wanting, found 
in his ancient style of dress, none other than of the Pil- 
grim Fathers of 1620.' 

" For lack of space to give a full and detailed account 
of this people as outlined in the document in question, 
we will merely state its general features " 

and thereupon in a few words the entire history of the 



410 TRIAL OF THE BALLOONS. 

lost colony was given from its foundation up to tlie 
launching of the balloon. 

Casting the paper to one side and starting to his feet 
the Hon. James Carew took his departure, proceeding 
in haste to the dock, where was moored the great ship, 
preparatory to unloading her cargo of merchandise. 

Climbing on deck, he was met by the guard who, in 
reply to the question said : 

" The captain, sor, has gone ashore. Would ye's be 
wishin to see him?" Upon receiving a reply in the 
affirmative, he continued, "But I think, sor, he'll be after 
returnin almost immediately. Plase, sor, would ye's be 
after takin a sate, in the cabin? " 

"Thanks," replied Mr. Carew, "I will do so and await 
the captain's return. By the way, you have as I un- 
derstand a young man picked up at sea under rather 
peculiar circumstances." 

"Aye, aye, troth an we have, sor. Poor mon,hewos 
in a deplorable condition when first discovered, as I 
ought to know, being one of the byes who helped him 
on board, me and the Bosun, sor," 

" He is an imbecile, is he not? " inquired Mr. Carew. 

" Well, sor, whatever that may mane, he don't seem to 
know mooch, and that's the fact, but sor, perhaps yee's 
be a friend." 

" No, I've neither seen the young man nor heard of 
him before, nevertheless I feel a deep interest in his wel- 
,fare, especially since reading about the affair in the 
morning paper." 

At the close of the last sentence, the captain of the 
Northumberland came on deck, to whom Mr. Carew was 
introduced by the sailor in the words : "This gentleman 
would loike to spake wid ye, consarning the poor mon 
picked up at sea, sor." 

"Aye, aye, sir," responded the captain. " Poor man 
indeed ! would you like to see him, sir? " 

Upon Mr. Carew giving the assurance that this was 
the object which drew him on board, the captain at 
once led the way to the young man's berth, where he 



TRIAL OF THE BALLOOJfS. 411 

was found lying in a nearly unconscious state, pitying 
not the least attention to his visitors. 

His face was pale and haggard, his eye expressionless, 
his every appearance suggestive of intense physical 
suffering combined with mental anguish. 

After several attempts at conversation, hoping there- 
by to engage the attention of the young stranger, all 
however, proving futile, the generous minded captain 
invited his guest to accompany him to the cabin where 
a bottle of rum, together with a bundle of choice cigars 
was placed before him, with the hope he would make 
himself comfortable. Meanwhile the captain volunteered 
a relation of the several incidents of the voyage as pre- 
viously detailed in the newspaper article. 

Upon conclusion of the captain's story, Mr. Carew 
said : 

" I would suggest the propriety of having placed at my 
disposal the manuscript found on the person of Joshua, 
in whicb event, I will, with the least possible delay, take 
steps looking to its publication, for the purpose not only 
of gratifying a very natural desire of the public to learn 
more of this singular people, but also that the living 
descendents of friends and relatives of the colonists may 
thereby become cognizant of their fate, now known only 
through fireside traditionary tales." 

The captain of the Northumberland seemed dis- 
posed to demur at the proposal when first broached. 
Yet upon reflection, accompanied by the applicant 
agreeing in good faith to take charge of the demented 
Joshua, providing for all future needs, not only for his 
comfort but also looking to his ultimate recovery, assent 
was finally given, the documentary history turned over 
to Mr. Carew, who it is needless to say, was quite over- 
joyed at gaining possession of a narrative of such ines- 
timable value. At the same time, he could well aftbrd 
to charge himself with the care and expense, especially 
the latter, for he was in no wise lacking in means and 
would cheerfully have advanced a large sum in addition, 
indeed, did beg the captain to accept remuneration 



412 TRIAL OF THE BALLOONS. 

therefore. But the generous hearted officer refused all 
compensation, acknowledging however, it to be the most 
astounding revelation hitherto recorded. 

Upon conclusion of the negotiation, Mr. Carew at once 
took steps toward having Joshua conveyed on board an 
outward bound steamer, securing passage for both him- 
self and his unfortunate companion. 

They arrived at New York after a speedy and un- 
eventful voyage, thence by rail they went to his Georgia 
home, when as soon thereafter as arrangements could be 
properly eflfected, Joshua was placed in a neighboring 
asylum, Mr. Carew making daily visits thereto, thus as- 
suring himself that everything possible was done tend- 
ing to his comfort. 

Meantime he took upon himself the liberty of inditing 
a stirring letter to the President, detailing in part the 
thrilling narrative as furnished by the aforesaid evidence, 
begging also that a vessel be dispatched in quest of the 
island community. 

Upon receipt of this startling yet doubtless truthful 
intelligence, the President taking time to study the mat- 
ter over, finally laid the communication before his cab- 
inet, when after a short discussion, it was unanimously 
resolved to act on the suggestion. 

Accordingly the Secretary of the Navy, was duly in- 
structed to prepare and dispatch a government vessel to 
those remote seas, first arriving at Perkins Island where 
were witnessed evidences of its previous occupation, and 
they little wondered when viewing the lovely surround- 
ings that Caesar should have been loath to leave his 
" beautiful island home." 

They remained but a few hours, meantime taking on 
board fresh water, also tropical fruits found in great 
abundance, the outcome of the many years of hard labor 
performed by our friends, the captain, Herman and 
Caesar. Sail was again hoisted, the vessel proceeding 
on her way, ere long reaching the locality indicated as 
the scene of so many former disasters. 

Critical observation was here made, soundings in all 



TRIAL OF THE BALLOONS. 413 

directions repeatedly taken and every possible eflbrt 
put forth to pass the boundary of opposing reef and rock ; 
yet all without avail ; indeed, it was at one time feared 
their own vessel must inevitably succumb to the mighty 
power of nature's forces, as here displayed. Yet the 
hazardous scheme would not be given up until the peril 
became so great it was deemed best to forego any further 
attempt. 

Thus the object sought for, attended with so much 
anxious solicitude, combined with the utmost engineering 
skill, was reluctantly abandoned and the prow home- 
ward turned, the island community remaining as hereto- 
fore, "A Lost Colony." 



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Ishmael ; or, In the Depths. Being " Self-Made." 

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Tried for Her Life. Love's Labor Won. 

Cruel as, the Grave. A Noble Lord. 

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Fair Play. Vivia ; or, the Secret of FoWOB 

Hov He Won Her. The Two Sisters. 

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BERTHA'S ENGAGEMENT. MARRIED IN HASTE. 

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THE OLD COUNTESS. Sequel to "Lord Hope's Choice." 
RUBY GRAY'S STRATEGY; or. Married by Mistake. 

PALACES AND PRISONS; or, The Prisoner of the Basfilft. 
A NOBLE WOMAN ; or, A Gulf Between Them. 
THE CURSE OF GOLD ; or, The Bound Girl and The Wife's Trials. 
MABEL'S MISTAKE ; or. The Lost Jewels. 

THE OLD HOMESTEAD ; or, The Pet of the Poor Houvt, 
THE REJECTED WIFE; or. The Ruling Passion. 
SILENT STRUGGLES; or, Barbara Stafford. ATaJe of WUohcraft 
THE HEIRESS; or, The Gipsy's L^jpacy. 
THE WIFE'S SECRET ; or, GillJeiU 

WIVES AND WIDOWS; or, th« Broken Uf«. 
CXHIBLY FALSE; jr, Alike and Not Alike. 

THE SOLDIER'S ORPHANS. THE GOLD BftlCK. 

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LINDA; OP, THE YOUNG PILOT OF THE BELLE CREOLE. 

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ROBERT GRAHAM. A Sequel to " Linda." 

RENA; or, THE SNOW BIRD. A Tale of Real Life. 

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EOLINE; or, MAGNOLIA VALE; or, The Heiress of Glenm^re. 

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HELEN AND ARTHUR ; or, Miss Thusa's Spinning-Wheel. 

COURTSHIP AND MARRIAGE; or. The Joys of American Life. 

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EDM0ND~DANTE8. 

THE SEGiXJEL TO 

Tho Count of Monte-Cristo, by Alexander Dumaa 

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Edmond Dantis, the Deputy from Marseilles, who appears as a politician laboring 
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Maximilian Morell, Albert de Morcerf Valentine de Villefort, Eugenie Danglars, 
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tmB COUNTESS OF MONTE-CRISTO. Being the Companion to 
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novel the Count of Monte Cristo, Hayd6e, the wife of Monte-Cristo, and ifispfr 
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Some accounts of their ways innocent, crafty, angelic, impish, wi chiag 

and repulsive. Also, a partial record of their actions 

during ten days of their existence. 

BY JOHN HABBERTON. 

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Uncle Harry while their parents spend a fortnight with a friend, and at once the fun 
begins. The boys demand stories, and, when their uncle favors them with a biblical 
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A'oah and the Ark. Toddie is fearfully persistent, and, when denied anything, has a 
way of bursting into such a storm of tears that his wish is instantly granted. He want\ 
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"THREE GUARDSMffl SERIK," 

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"Tiventy Years After," the Sequel to "The Three Guardsmen," "Bragelonne, the Son 
9J Athos; or, Ten Years Later," "The Iron Mask; or. The Feats and Adventures of 
Raoul de Bragelonne," and "Louise de la Valliere." the Sequel to "The Iron Mask," 
nnd conclnsion of the famous "Three Guardsmen Series." Written bj/ the world-r«' 
:urumed novelist, Alexander Dumas, the best and most powerful writer of fiction Franct 
\as ever produced, toheyi first published they created an excitement unparalleled in 
aterary annals, and their vast popularity has been steadily maintained ever since. 
This cannot be wondered at when the books are read, for their fascination, strength 
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By Alexander Dumas. Translated by Thomas Williams, Esq. Paper eover, 
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•RAGEL.ONNE, THE SOX OF ATHOS, or TEN YEARS LATER 
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THE IRON MASK, or THE FEATS AND ADVENTURES Of 
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VOVISE DE LA VALLIERE. The Sequel to and end of "The Iron Mask." 
By Alexander Dumas. Translated by Thomas Williams, Esq. Being ti»» 
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